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Acroposthion or akroposthion is a word derived from Greek. It is the term used to describe the part of the foreskin that extends beyond the glans penis.[1] The acroposthion is commonly called "snout" or "overhang". The acroposthion is considered to contribute to male beauty.

Can be present, but does not have to be

The acropostion is literally the part of the foreskin that not only covers the glans when not erect, but also stands over in front of the glans like a tip and serves as a reserve skin for the erect state. There is nothing unnatural about the presence or absence of an acroposthion in the foreskin. Male genitals are just as different as female genitals.[2] Whether someone has an acroposthion or not is completely irrelevant to the integrity of their foreskin. It is assumed that in historical times, e.g. during ritual Jewish circumcision, only the protruding foreskin, i.e. the acropostion, was cut off before more radical circumcision methods were developed.

Physical description

Frederick Mansfield Hodges, D. Phil., (2001) describes the acroposthion:

As would be expected in a culture that valued the prepuce, the Greek language reflected this esteem through precise terminology. The Greeks understood the prepuce to be composed of two distinct structures: the posthe (ποσθη) and the akroposthion (ακροπσθτου). Posthe designates that part of the prepuce that covers the glans penis, but Greek writers occasionally used this word (or any of its variations, such as ποσθιη or ποσθια) in a general sense to designate the entire prepuce or, by extension, the entire penis. Akroposthion (or any of its alternative forms, such as ακροποσθια and ακροποσθιη) designates the tapered, tubular, visually defining portion of the prepuce that extends beyond the glans and terminates at the preputial orifice. When we speak of the iconographic representation of the long prepuce, we are really speaking of the long akroposthion for the posthe can never be larger than the unchanging surface area of the underlying glans penis.[3]

Functional value

The ridged band of highly innervated tissue is found inside the acroposthion.[4] Winkelmann (1959) classified the foreskin, which includes the acroposthion, as "specific erogenous tissue".[5] The acroposthion, like the rest of the foreskin, is heavily endowed with Meissner's corpuscles, which respond to mechanical stimulation by producing pleasurable sexual sensation.[6] The additional length of skin provided by the acroposthion enhances the gliding action. The acroposthion may be gradually lengthened over time by tissue expansion.

Moreover, the acroposthion protects the glans penis and helps to prevent keratinization, while preserving sensitivity. It has also been observed that the acroposthion is useful for containing pre-ejaculate.

External links


  1. REFweb akroposthion, Wiktionary. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  2. REFweb NSFW: Gallery, Retrieved 6 January 2023.
  3. REFjournal Hodges, Frederick M.. The Ideal Prepuce in Ancient Greece and Rome: Male Genital Aesthetics and Their Relation to Lipodermos, Circumcision, Foreskin Restoration, and the Kynodesme. Bull. Hist. Med. September 2001; 75(3): 375-405. PMID. DOI. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  4. REFjournal Taylor JR, Lockwood AP, Taylor AJ. The prepuce: specialized mucosa of the penis and its loss to circumcision. Br J Urol. 1996; 77: 291-5. PMID. DOI. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  5. REFjournal Winkelmann RK. The erogenous zones: their nerve supply and significance. Mayo Clin Proc. 21 January 1959; 34(3): 39-47. PMID. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  6. REFjournal García-Mesa, Yolanda, García-Piqueras, Jorge, Cobo, Ramón, Martín-Cruces, José, Suazo, Iván, García-Suárez, Olivia, Feito, Jorge. Sensory innervation of the human male prepuce: Meissner's corpuscles predominate. Journal of Anatomy. October 2021; 239(4): 892-902. PMID. PMC. DOI. Retrieved 17 November 2021.