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infibulation

[in-fib-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ɪnˌfɪb yəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the stitching together of the vulva, often after a clitoridectomy, leaving a small opening for the passage of urine and menstrual blood.
2.
the similar stitching of the prepuce.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; (< F) < Latin infībulāt(us), past participle of infībulāre to fasten the prepuce with a clasp (in- in-2 + fībulāre to fasten, verbal derivative of fībula fibula) + -ion- -ion
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Examples for infibulation
  • Many believed that the incidence of infibulation has decreased, although no systematic data were available on the problem.
  • Many believe that the incidence of infibulation has decreased, although no systematic data were available on the problem.

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