infibulate

[ in-fib-yuh-leyt ]
/ ɪnˈfɪb yəˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), in·fib·u·lat·ed, in·fib·u·lat·ing.

to stitch together the vulva of (a girl or woman), often after a clitoridectomy, in order to prevent intercourse.
to stitch the prepuce of (a male).

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Origin of infibulate

First recorded in 1620–30; from Latin infībulāt(us), past participle of infībulāre “to fasten the prepuce with a clasp,” equivalent to in-2 preposition and prefix + fībulāre “to knit together, join,” verbal derivative of fībula “pin, clasp”; see origin at in-2, fibula

OTHER WORDS FROM infibulate

in·fib·u·la·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for infibulate

infibulate
/ (ɪnˈfɪbjʊˌleɪt) /

verb

(tr) to enclose (esp the genitals, to prevent sexual intercourse) with a clasp

Derived forms of infibulate

infibulation, noun

Word Origin for infibulate

C17: from Latin infībulāre, from in- ² + fibula clasp, fibula
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Medical definitions for infibulate

infibulate
[ ĭn-fĭbyə-lāt′ ]

v.

To close off or obstruct the genitals of an individual, especially by sewing together the labia majora in females or fastening the prepuce in males, so as to prevent sexual intercourse.
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