- 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.
Origin of clitoridectomy
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- surgical removal of the clitoris: a form of female circumcision, esp practised as a religious or ethnic rite
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Word Origin and History for clitoridectomy
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- Excision of the clitoris.
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