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smegma

 [smeg´mah]
the secretion of sebaceous glands, especially the cheesy secretion, consisting principally of desquamated epithelial cells, found chiefly beneath the prepuce. adj., adj smegmat´ic.

smeg·ma

(smeg'mă),
A foul-smelling, pasty accumulation of desquamated epidermal cells and sebum that collects in moist areas of the genitalia, especially in uncircumcised males.
[G. unguent]

smegma

(smĕg′mə)
n.
A sebaceous secretion, especially the cheesy secretion that collects under the prepuce or around the clitoris.

smegma

The cheesy, yellow-white substance, consisting of sloughed keratinocytes, that collects under the prepuce in an uncircumcised penis.

smegma

Urology A cheesy secretion–yuck! of certain sebaceous glands, expecially under the prepuce and clitoris, which can harbor bacteria, mandating regular cleaning. See Circumcision.

smeg·ma

(smeg'mă)
An oily or pasty material, consisting chiefly of desquamated epidermal cells and sebum, which accumulates around the external genitalia, particularly under the foreskin.
[G. unguent]

smegma

Accumulated, cheesy-white, sebaceous gland secretions occurring under the foreskin of an uncircumcised male with poor standards of personal hygiene. Smegma becomes infected, foul-smelling and irritating and can cause local inflammation. It has been said to be CARCINOGENIC to sexual consorts but this has not been proved. Associated papillomaviruses may be the cause.
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These escaping, discarded skin cells constitute infant smegma, which may appear as white "pearls" under the skin.
If smegma builds up in the foreskin, it can start to smell, stop you easily pulling your foreskin back, and become a breeding ground for bacteria.
(2,4) It has been postulated that with squamous keratinization of the foreskin, accumulation of preputial smegma, and intermittent penile erections, the foreskin in young boys becomes completely retractable.
In bone clamp circumcision, the prepuce was first fully retracted to expose the coronal sulcus and retained smegma removed.
During the first few years of life, the accumulation and release of smegma, as well as nocturnal erections, serve to physiologically lyse the preputial adhesions and allow the foreskin to retract.
Likewise, far from being dirty, smegma acts as a natural lubricant and actually contains anti-viral and antibacterial properties.
Sloughed off skin cells and other debris, called "smegma," can collect in the little pocket or groove at the edge of the foreskin remnant.
Louis physician named Jonathan Young Brown went so far as to label smegma "infectious material."(27) (Ironically, Brown appears not to have realized that the word "smegma" derived from Greek and Latin words for cleansing and soap.) From this premise it followed that circumcision should be considered preventive medicine and practiced universally as a matter of public health.
The collection of debris in the preputial fold, the smegma, was touted as the cancer-causing culprit.
Bacteria, yeasts and urine accumulate under the foreskin and form a white paste known as smegma.