infibulation


in·fib·u·la·tion

noun \(ˌ)in-ˌfi-byə-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of INFIBULATION

:  extreme female genital mutilation involving complete excision of the clitoris, labia minora, and most of the labia majora followed by stitching to close up most of the vagina

Origin of INFIBULATION

Latin infibulare to fasten the labia majora or prepuce with stitches or a clasp, from in- + fibula clasp, fibula
First Known Use: 1798

in·fib·u·la·tion

noun \(ˌ)in-ˌfib-yə-ˈlā-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INFIBULATION

: an act or practice of fastening by ring, clasp, or stitches the labia majora in girls and the foreskin in boys in order to prevent sexual intercourse
in·fib·u·late \-ˈfib-yə-ˌlāt\ transitive verb, in·fib·u·lat·ed in·fib·u·lat·ing

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