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infibulate

[in-fib-yuh-leyt]
verb (used with object), in·fib·u·lat·ed, in·fib·u·lat·ing.
  1. to stitch together the vulva of (a girl or woman), often after a clitoridectomy, in order to prevent intercourse.
  2. to stitch the prepuce of (a male).
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Related formsin·fib·u·la·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for infibulate

infibulate

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

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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