The foreskin is the double-layered fold of smooth muscle tissue , blood vessels , neurons , skin , and mucous membrane part of the penis that covers and protects the glans penis and the urinary meatus. It is also described as the prepuce , a technically broader term that also includes the clitoral hood in women, to which the foreskin is embryonically homologous. The highly innervated mucocutaneous zone of the penis occurs near the tip of the foreskin. The foreskin is mobile, fairly stretchable, and acts as a natural lubricant. The foreskin of adults is typically retractable over the glans. Coverage of the glans in a flaccid and erect state varies depending on foreskin length. The foreskin is attached to the glans at birth and is generally not retractable in infancy.
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