clit·​o·​ri·​dec·​to·​my | \ ˌkli-tə-ri-ˈdek-tə-mē How to pronounce clitoridectomy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly clitorectomy \ ˌkli-​tə-​ˈrek-​tə-​mē How to pronounce clitorectomy (audio) \
plural clitoridectomies

Definition of clitoridectomy

: excision of all or part of the clitoris

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Recent Examples on the Web The cutting ranges from a clitoridectomy, partial to total removal of the clitoris, to infibulation, removal of all the external genitalia. Kristina Arriaga, WSJ, "Cutting Young Girls Isn’t Religious Freedom," 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, "A Cunning Adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale”," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of clitoridectomy

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Clitoridectomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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clit·​o·​ri·​dec·​to·​my | \ ˌklit-ə-rə-ˈdek-tə-mē How to pronounce clitoridectomy (audio) \
variants: also clitorectomy \ -​ˈrek-​tə-​mē How to pronounce clitorectomy (audio) \
plural clitoridectomies

Medical Definition of clitoridectomy

: excision of all or part of the clitoris

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