female circumcision

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female + circumcision

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female circumcision (countable and uncountable, plural female circumcisions)

  1. (medicine, sciences) The removal of the clitoral hood, the female prepuce cognate to the foreskin removed in the male equivalent.
  2. (sometimes proscribed, possibly dated) Any operation involving removal of any of various parts of the female external genital organs including and in addition to the hood, such as the clitoris or labia; regarded as mutilation in many societies. [from 17th c.]

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