Circumcision - Definition

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Circumcision is the removal of all or part of the foreskin. This act permits the exposure of the head of the penis. Circumcision is often performed for religious reasons, especially among Jews and Muslims. It can also be practiced for esthetic or hygienic reasons. However, circumcision may be due to a medical condition such as phimosis, a narrowing of the ring of foreskin which prevents the retracting of the penis.