clitoridectomy


clitoridectomy
clitoridectomy 1866, from Gk. klitorid- (see CLITORIS (Cf. clitoris)) + -ECTOMY (Cf. -ectomy). Originally in reference to a proposed cure for hysteria.

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  • Clitoridectomy — is the surgical removal of the clitoris. It is rarely needed as a therapeutic medical procedure, such as when cancer has developed in or spread to the clitoris. Most removals of the clitoris occur as female genital mutilation, defined by the… …   Wikipedia

  • clitoridectomy — [klit΄ə ri dek′tə mē, klīt΄ə ri dek′tə mē] n. pl. clitoridectomies [klit΄ə ri dek′təmēz] the surgical removal of part or all of the clitoris, specif. as a ritualistic practice in some traditional societies …   English World dictionary

  • clitoridectomy — also clitorectomy noun (plural mies) Date: 1866 excision of all or part of the clitoris …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • clitoridectomy — /klit euhr i dek teuh mee/, n., pl. clitoridectomies. the excision of the clitoris, usually performed as part of female initiation rites, mainly among certain African peoples, but also sometimes used in various societies to curb sexual desire;… …   Universalium

  • clitoridectomy — noun The surgical procedure to remove all or part of the clitoris; female circumcision …   Wiktionary

  • clitoridectomy — Removal of the clitoris. [clitoris + G. ektome, excision] * * * clit·o·ri·dec·to·my .klit ə rə dek tə mē also clit·o·rec·to·my rek tə mē n, pl mies excision of all or part of the clitoris * * * n. the surgical removal of the clitoris (see …   Medical dictionary

  • clitoridectomy — [ˌklɪt(ə)rɪ dɛktəmi] noun (plural clitoridectomies) excision of the clitoris; female circumcision …   English new terms dictionary

  • clitoridectomy — clit·o·ri·dec·to·my …   English syllables

  • clitoridectomy — n. the surgical removal of the clitoris (see (female) circumcision) …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • clitoridectomy — clit•o•ri•dec•to•my [[t]ˌklɪt ər ɪˈdɛk tə mi[/t]] n. pl. mies ant srg the excision of the clitoris, performed in some traditional societies as part of female initiation rites • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang