noun, plural clit·o·ri·dec·to·mies.
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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noun plural -mies
surgical removal of the clitoris: a form of female circumcision, esp practised as a religious or ethnic rite
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Excision of the clitoris.
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