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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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  • 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.
Word Origin and History for infibulation
n.

1640s, noun of action from infibulate.

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