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circumcise

[ sur-kuhm-sahyz ]
/ 藞s蓽r k蓹m藢sa瑟z /
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verb (used with object), cir路cum路cised, cir路cum路cis路ing.
to remove the prepuce of (a male), especially as a religious rite.
to remove the clitoris, prepuce, or labia of (a female).
to purify spiritually.
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Origin of circumcise

1200鈥50; Middle English circumcisen<Latin circumc墨sus (past participle of circumc墨dere to cut around), equivalent to circum-circum- + -c墨sus (-c墨d- cut + -tus past participle suffix; see -cide)

OTHER WORDS FROM circumcise

cir路cum路cis路er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for circumcise

circumcise
/ (藞s蓽藧k蓹m藢sa瑟z) /

verb (tr)
to remove the foreskin of (a male)
to incise surgically the skin over the clitoris of (a female)
to remove the clitoris of (a female)
to perform the religious rite of circumcision on (someone)

Derived forms of circumcise

circumciser, noun

Word Origin for circumcise

C13: from Latin circumc墨dere, from circum- + caedere to cut
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Medical definitions for circumcise

circumcise
[ s没rk蓹m-s墨z鈥 ]

v.
To perform a circumcision.
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