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)

Other Words from circumcise

circumciser noun

Examples of circumcise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some communities routinely circumcise infant boys for religious or cultural reasons. al, 8 May 2021 Terry Brazier, 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. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 5 Aug. 2019 In parts of Africa, the benefits of circumcising adolescents can outweigh the costs by about 10 to 1, according to the Copenhagen Consensus Centre (CCC), a think-tank. The Economist, 16 Nov. 2019 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 14 Mar. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circumcise. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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

Other Words from circumcise

circumciser noun

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