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The prepuce is a retractable piece of skin which covers part of the genitals of primates and other mammals.

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Normal Development of the Prepuce (2070 words)
Moreover, the inner mucosal surface of the prepuce is fused with the underlying mucosal surface of the glans penis.
The membrane that bonds the inner surface of the prepuce with the glans penis spontaneously disintegrates and releases the prepuce to separate from the glans.
Analysis of shape and retractability of the prepuce in 603 Japanese boys.
Foreskin (748 words)
The prepuce is not a "flap of tissue" but rather a double folded tube of skin and muscosal tissue mucous membrane (like the inside of the mouth) which attaches at the crested end of the glans at the suculas[?], and to the body above the pubic bone[?] and scrotum.
Unlike the skin on the rest of the body which is attached to the underlying tissue, the prepuce and shaft skin are free to glide along the shaft of the penis, which reduces friction, abrasion and loss of lubricating fluid during intercourse.
The smooth muscle, called Dartos muscle[?], of the ridged band and frenulum return the prepuce over the glans when the penis is flaccid (not erect), both to protect the highly sensitive nerves of the ridged band and to a lesser extent the glans.
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