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clitoridectomy

[ klit-er-i-dek-tuh-mee ]
/ 藢kl瑟t 蓹r 瑟藞d蓻k t蓹 mi /
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noun, plural clit路o路ri路dec路to路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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Origin of clitoridectomy

First recorded in 1865鈥70; from Greek clitorid- (combining form of kleitor铆s clitoris) + -ectomy
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British Dictionary definitions for clitoridectomy

clitoridectomy
/ (藢kl瑟t蓹r瑟藞d蓻kt蓹m瑟) /

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

clitoridectomy
[ kl沫t鈥采檙-沫-d臅kt蓹-m膿, kl墨鈥瞭蓹r- ]

n.
Excision of the clitoris.
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