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[in-fib-yuh-ley-shuh n]
  1. the stitching together of the vulva, often after a clitoridectomy, leaving a small opening for the passage of urine and menstrual blood.
  2. the similar stitching of the prepuce.
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Origin of infibulation

1640–50; (< F) < Latin infībulāt(us), past participle of infībulāre to fasten the prepuce with a clasp (in- in-2 + fībulāre to fasten, verbal derivative of fībula fibula) + -ion- -ion
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Examples from the Web for infibulation

Historical Examples of infibulation

  • For this infibulation of girls, as it is a substance not subject to corruption, they use the fibres of the asbestos.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume IV (of 10)

    Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

  • The practice of infibulation was very common in India, from religious motives.

  • Infibulation was practiced in two ways,—by a ring through the prepuce or by a bandage around it.


    William Graham Sumner

Word Origin and History for infibulation


1640s, noun of action from infibulate.

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