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).

Nearby words

  1. infertile,
  2. infertility,
  3. infest,
  4. infestation,
  5. infeudation,
  6. infibulation,
  7. infidel,
  8. infidelic,
  9. infidelity,
  10. infield

Related formsin·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 Formsinfibulation, noun

Word Origin for infibulate

C17: from Latin infībulāre, from in- ² + fibula clasp, fibula

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Word Origin and History for infibulate

infibulate

v.

1620s, from Latin infibulatus, past participle of infibulare "to close with a clasp," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + fibula "a clasp, pin" (see fibula). Related: Infibulated.

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