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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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 Experts estimate that 38 percent of men worldwide are circumcised, half for religious reasons. Martin Selsoe Sorensen, The Seattle Times, "Denmark talks (reluctantly) about a ban on circumcising boys," 2 June 2018 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 In fact, only about 58 percent babies born today in the United States are circumcised. Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Uncircumcised Penises Are Totally Normal, and It's Not OK To Shame a Partner Who's Uncut," 13 Sep. 2018 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

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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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