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A photo of male urinary meatus viewed externally

In the context of human male genitals, Meatus is the name of the termination and orifice of the urethra at the tip of the glans penis, through which urine is discharged.[1]

The meatus is protected by the foreskin of the intact normal penis. When a boy has been circumcised and has lost the protection of his foreskin, the meatus is more likely to develop meatitis,[2] meatal ulceration,[3] and/or meatal stenosis.[4][5] Foreskinned boys rarely, if ever, develop these issues.[5]

See also


  1. REFweb Anonymous (2012). Meatus, The Free Dictionary by Farlex. Retrieved 24 January 2024.
  2. REFjournal Brennemann J. The ulcerated meatus in the circumcised child. Am J Dis Child. 1921; 21: 38-47. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  3. REFjournal Freud P. The ulcerated urethral meatus in male children.. J Pediatr. August 1947; 31(2): 131-41. PMID. DOI. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  4. REFjournal Upadhyay V, Hammodat HM, Pease PW. Post circumcision meatal stenosis: 12 years' experience. N Z Med J. 27 February 1998; 111(1060): 57-8. PMID. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  5. a b REFjournal Van Howe RS. Incidence of meatal stenosis following neonatal circumcision in a primary care setting. Clin Pediatr (Phila). January 2006; 45(1): 49-54. PMID. Retrieved 4 February 2024.