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infibulate

[ in-fib-yuh-leyt ]
/ 瑟n藞f瑟b y蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路fib路u路lat路ed, in路fib路u路lat路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鈥30; from Latin inf墨bul膩t(us), past participle of inf墨bul膩re 鈥渢o fasten the prepuce with a clasp,鈥 equivalent to in-2 preposition and prefix + f墨bul膩re 鈥渢o knit together, join,鈥 verbal derivative of f墨bula 鈥減in, clasp鈥; see origin at in-2, fibula

OTHER WORDS FROM infibulate

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

infibulate
/ (瑟n藞f瑟bj蕣藢le瑟t) /

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 inf墨bul膩re, from in- 虏 + fibula clasp, fibula
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Medical definitions for infibulate

infibulate
[ 沫n-f沫by蓹-l膩t鈥 ]

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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