[ klit-er-i-dek-tuh-mee ]
/ ˌklɪt ər ɪˈdɛk tə mi /
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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.
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Words nearby clitoridectomy
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British Dictionary definitions for clitoridectomy
/ (ˌklɪtərɪˈdɛktəmɪ) /
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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Medical definitions for clitoridectomy
[ klĭt′ər-ĭ-dĕk′tə-mē, klī′tər- ]
Excision of the clitoris.
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