Origin: Anc Greek
επί/epi-(prefix meaning "upon", "on", "above")
Literally meaning: opening above
The first case of “epispadias” was reffered for Byzantine Emperor Heraclius (610-641 AD).
J Lascaratos; E Poulakou-Rembelakou; A Rembelakos;
S Marketos The first case of epispadias: an unknown disease of the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius (610-641 AD).British journal of urology 1995;76(3):380-3.
Epispadias is a birth defect in which there is an absence of the upper wall of the urethtra, much rarer than hypospadias.