clit·​o·​ri·​dec·​to·​my ˌkli-tə-ri-ˈdek-tə-mē How to pronounce clitoridectomy (audio)
variants or less commonly clitorectomy
plural clitoridectomies
: excision of all or part of the clitoris

Examples of clitoridectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While she was widely known for her campaign against clitoridectomy, Dr. Saadawi’s feminism was part of a broader perception of the oppression of women rooted in Marxist thought on class distinctions, imperial domination, patriarchy, capitalism and religious fundamentalism. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2021 For instance, Emily (Alexis Bledel) is sent to the colonies after a failed escape attempt, and an affair with a Martha for which she'd already been brutally punished with a clitoridectomy. Amy MacKelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Sep. 2022 The cutting ranges from a clitoridectomy, partial to total removal of the clitoris, to infibulation, removal of all the external genitalia. Kristina Arriaga, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2017 In a parallel sequence, a lesbian Handmaid named Ofglen (played, silently, by the terrific Alexis Bledel) is gagged and kidnapped by the Secret Police, forced to see her lover hanged, and then given a clitoridectomy. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, 22 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clitoridectomy was in 1866

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“Clitoridectomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


clit·​o·​ri·​dec·​to·​my ˌklit-ə-rə-ˈdek-tə-mē How to pronounce clitoridectomy (audio)
variants also clitorectomy
plural clitoridectomies
: excision of all or part of the clitoris

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