circumcise

verb
cir·​cum·​cise | \ ˈsər-kəm-ˌsīz How to pronounce circumcise (audio) \
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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For comparison, about 71% of American males, 91% of Israeli males and 97% of Saudi Arabian males are circumcised, according to the National Institutes of Health. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan nonprofit protests male circumcision on Woodward Avenue," 14 Sep. 2019 After posting a photo of her kids with a pelican, Pink deleted the original post after a barrage of people criticized her for circumcising her son, who was pictured without a diaper. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Pink vs. mom-shamers: Here are the singer's most epic take-downs of the parent police," 8 Sep. 2019 Terry Brazier, aged 70, went into Leicester Royal Infirmary for a bladder procedure known as a cystoscopy but was mistaken for another patient by hospital staff and circumcised. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Man who was circumcised in hospital mix-up awarded $24,000 compensation," 5 Aug. 2019 My brother was born in 1995 and circumcised in the living room, under an airbrushed painting of a Navajo woman. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How the JAP became America’s most complex Jewish stereotype.," 5 Dec. 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 Some newborn babies in certain Jewish communities have died from herpes infections passed along by ultra-Orthodox practitioners who use their mouths in circumcising infant boys. Maggie Fox /, NBC News, "Half of Americans have cold sore virus; 12 percent genital herpes," 7 Feb. 2018 There are various reasons why people might decide to circumcise their babies. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Things Everyone Should Know About Uncircumcised Penises," 29 Dec. 2018 Some uncircumcised men and people with penises decide to get circumcised as adults. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Things Everyone Should Know About Uncircumcised Penises," 29 Dec. 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 How to pronounce circumcise (audio) \
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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