circumcise

verb
cir·cum·cise | \ˈsər-kᵊm-ˌsīz \
circumcised; circumcising

Definition of circumcise 

transitive verb

: to cut off the foreskin of (a male) or the prepuce or clitoris and labia minora of (a female)

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Other Words from circumcise

circumciser noun

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Experts estimate that 38 percent of men worldwide are circumcised, half of them for religious reasons. Martin Selsoe Sorensen, New York Times, "Denmark Talks (Reluctantly) About a Ban on Circumcising Boys," 2 June 2018 But government ministers have reacted with dismay to the prospect of debating another potential world first: a ban on circumcising boys. Martin Selsoe Sorensen, The Seattle Times, "Denmark talks (reluctantly) about a ban on circumcising boys," 2 June 2018 The amount of skin from the time you are circumcised to when you are restored is an index card. Alexa Tsoulis-reay, The Cut, "What It’s Like to Reconstruct Your Own Foreskin," 26 Mar. 2018 The growth factor used in this case is foreskin — harvested and extracted from the stem cells of a Korean newborn's circumcised foreskin. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "The Secret To Cate Blanchett's Glowing Skin Is X-Rated," 14 Mar. 2018 Added to the post were images of young girls being circumcised. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Nigerian Man Posts Photos of Girls Being Illegally Circumcised on Facebook," 10 Jan. 2018 And more recently, the Danish Medical Association issued a recommendation in 2016 that no boy under the age of 18 should be circumcised and cited a poll indicating that as many as 87 percent of Danes agree. Christina Caron, New York Times, "Bill Banning Circumcision in Iceland Alarms Religious Groups," 28 Feb. 2018 Since 2006, only 21 boys under the age of 18 have been circumcised at Icelandic hospitals or private clinics, according to Iceland’s Directorate of Health. Egill Bjarnason, The Seattle Times, "Opposition erupts as Iceland eyes banning most circumcisions," 25 Feb. 2018 Since 2006, only 21 boys under the age of 18 have been circumcised at Icelandic hospitals or private clinics, according to Iceland’s Directorate of Health. Washington Post, "Opposition erupts as Iceland eyes banning most circumcisions," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of circumcise

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for circumcise

Middle English, from Latin circumcisus, past participle of circumcidere, from circum- + caedere to cut

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circumcise

verb

English Language Learners Definition of circumcise

: to cut off the skin (called the foreskin) at the end of the penis of (a man or boy)

: to cut off the clitoris or outer sexual organs of (a woman or girl)

circumcise

transitive verb
cir·cum·cise | \ˈsər-kəm-ˌsīz \
circumcised; circumcising

Medical Definition of circumcise 

1 : to cut off the foreskin of (a male) or the prepuce of (a female)

2 : to cut off all or part of the external genitalia and especially the clitoris and labia minora of (a female) — see female genital mutilation

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circumciser noun

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