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[ klit-er-is, klahy-ter-, kli-tawr-is, -tohr- ]
/ ˈklɪt ər ɪs, ˈklaɪ tər-, klɪˈtɔr ɪs, -ˈtoʊr- /

noun Anatomy.

the erectile organ of the vulva, homologous to the penis of the male.


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Nearby words

clitoral, clitoric, clitoridean, clitoridectomy, clitoriditis, clitoris, clitorism, clitoromegaly, clive, cliveden, clivers

Origin of clitoris

1605–15; < Greek kleitorís, akin to kleíein to shut
Related formsclit·o·ral, cli·tor·ic [kli-tawr-ik, -tor-, klahy-] /klɪˈtɔr ɪk, -ˈtɒr-, klaɪ-/, clit·o·rid·e·an [klit-uh-rid-ee-uh n, klahy-tuh-] /ˌklɪt əˈrɪd i ən, ˌklaɪ tə-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clitoris

  • Lawless said he found the fair punctuated with games like Orgasm Bingo, Pin the Clitoris on the Vulva, and the Tent of Consent.

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  • It is located about an inch below the Clitoris and is just above the Vaginal Orifice.

British Dictionary definitions for clitoris


/ (ˈklɪtərɪs, ˈklaɪ-) /


a part of the female genitalia consisting of a small elongated highly sensitive erectile organ at the front of the vulva: homologous with the penis
Derived Formsclitoral, adjective

Word Origin for clitoris

C17: from New Latin, from Greek kleitoris; related to Greek kleiein to close
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for clitoris


Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for clitoris


[ klĭtər-ĭs, klītər- ]

n. pl. cli•to•ri•des (klĭ-tôrĭ-dēz′)

A small erectile body situated at the anterior portion of the vulva and projecting between the branched extremities of the labia minora forming its prepuce and frenulum.
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Science definitions for clitoris


[ klĭtər-ĭs, klĭ-tôrĭs ]

A sensitive external organ of the reproductive system in female mammals and some other animals that is capable of becoming erect. It is located above or in front of the urethra.
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