Ridged Band

What is the “ridged band”?

“Ridged band” is the name given by Canadian anatomist Dr. John R. Taylor to a unique part of the human male prepuce (foreskin). The ridged band is a ring of deeply corrugated or ridged mucous membrane lining the tip of the prepuce. When the prepuce is retracted, the main part of the ridged band lies across the top and sides of the shaft of the penis. On the underside of the penis, the ridged band merges into the frenulum of the prepuce. Stretching of the accordion-like ridged band triggers important sexual reflexes and erogenous sensation.

Photo of ridged bandThe arrow points to the boundary between the ridged band and the true skin of the foreskin. Eight or 10 ridges, encircling the penis, are clearly visible. Click on photo to enlarge.

Purpose of this site

This Web site has been developed to provide scientific information about the prepuce, a poorly understood and much maligned part of the human body.

Target audience

The information on this site is aimed at medical professionals, journalists, and the general public.


John R. Taylor, MB, MRCPEd, FRCPC is responsible for the content of this site. Dr. Taylor is the co-author of two anatomical studies of the prepuce. He and his colleagues first described the ridged band in the British Journal of Urology in 1996.

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