[ in-fib-yuh-leyt ]
/ ɪnˈfɪb yəˌleɪt /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM infibulatein·fib·u·la·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for infibulate
/ (ɪnˈfɪbjʊˌleɪt) /
(tr) to enclose (esp the genitals, to prevent sexual intercourse) with a clasp
Derived forms of infibulateinfibulation, noun
Word Origin for infibulate
C17: from Latin infībulāre, from in- ² + fibula clasp, fibula
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Medical definitions for infibulate
[ ĭn-fĭb′yə-lāt′ ]
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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