female genital mutilation

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female genital mutilation (plural female genital mutilations)

  1. (current, modern) injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Includes a broad spectrum of mutilations done to genitals which are female, including including inflicting abrasions, burning (cauterizing or chemical), cutting (from partial slits to amputation), piercing (from poking to stitching) or stretching. [from 21st c.]
    • Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation published 1995 by the WHO:
      • "The WHO/UNICEF/UNFPA Joint Statement classified female genital mutilation into four types .. Type IV: All other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, for example: pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterization." page 4 under "Female genital mutilation—what it is and why it continues"
      • "Insertion of harmful substances can be defined as a form of genital mutilation" pages 26-28, under "Comments on the modifications to the 1995 definition of Type IV"
  2. (dated, slang) The complete amputation or partial cutting of the external female genitalia. [from 20th c.]





female genital mutilation