circumcision

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin circumcīsiō, from circumcīdō ‎(cut around), from circum ‎(about, around; through) + caedō ‎(cut, hew).

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circumcision ‎(plural circumcisions)

  1. The surgical removal/excision of the prepuce (the foreskin on penises, the clitoral hood on clitorises)
  2. The surgical removal of tissue from the vulva of the female; female circumcision.
  3. The surgical removal of the clitoris; clitoridectomy, usually referred to as female genital mutilation

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