clitoridectomy

clitoridectomy

[klit-er-i-dek-tuh-mee]
noun, plural clitoridectomies.
the excision of the clitoris, usually performed as part of female initiation rites, mainly among certain African peoples, but also sometimes used in various societies to curb sexual desire; female circumcision.
Compare infibulation.


Origin:
1865–70; clitorid- (combining form representing Greek kleitorís (genitive kleitorídos) clitoris) + -ectomy

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clitoridectomy (ˌklɪtərɪˈdɛktəmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
surgical removal of the clitoris: a form of female circumcision, esp practised as a religious or ethnic rite

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clitoridectomy
1866, from Gk. klitorid- (see clitoris) + -ectomy. Originally in ref. to a proposed cure for hysteria.
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clitoridectomy clit·o·ri·dec·to·my (klĭt'ər-ĭ-děk'tə-mē, klī'tər-)
n.
Excision of the clitoris.

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