clitoris

noun
cli·​to·​ris | \ˈkli-tə-rəs, kli-ˈtȯr-əs \
plural clitorises also clitorides\kli-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​ˌdēz \

Definition of clitoris 

: a small erectile female organ located within the anterior junction of the labia minora that develops from the same embryonic mass of tissue as the penis and is responsive to sexual stimulation

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Other Words from clitoris

clitoral \ˈkli-​tə-​rəl \ or less commonly clitoric \kli-​ˈtȯr-​ik, -​ˈtär-​ \ adjective

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In the Michigan case, the victims belong to an Indian Shiite Muslim sect called the Dawoodi Bohra, whose members refer to the clitoris as a sinful lump of flesh. Kristina Arriaga, WSJ, "Cutting Young Girls Isn’t Religious Freedom," 24 Aug. 2017 The vulva, the video states using diagrams (and cute cats), includes the outer labia, inner labia, clitoris, urethral opening, and vaginal opening. Lily Herman, Allure, "Your Vulva Is Not Your Vagina — Here's the Difference," 5 Oct. 2017 Some women won’t be able to tolerate clitoral stimulation, especially if their pain is linked to the pudendal nerve, which can affect sensations in the clitoris, mons pubs, vulva, vagina, and labia, according to Howard and Akincilar-Rummer. Breena Kerr, SELF, "How to Rethink Intimacy When 'Regular' Sex Hurts," 8 Sep. 2017 Suddenly, while two women in the clinic held her hands, the physician spread her legs and cut her clitoris. Kristina Arriaga, WSJ, "Cutting Young Girls Isn’t Religious Freedom," 24 Aug. 2017 Girls with this condition sometimes undergo reconstructive surgery, often to reduce the size of the clitoris. Washington Post, "Pressure mounts to curtail surgery on intersex children," 25 July 2017 OK! But also about fellatio, sodomy, the clitoris with or without G-spot etc. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "French Doctors Reportedly Suggested Faulty Pelvic-Mesh-Implant Victims Try Anal Sex," 28 Aug. 2017 In fact, nipple stimulation actually derives pleasure from the same parts of your brain as your clitoris! Emily Morse, Glamour, "6 Mind-Blowing Toys for Nipple Play," 13 Aug. 2017 Like your vulva, clitoris, labia, vagina, breasts, or anus. 2. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "15 Things Every Girl Needs to Know About Masturbation," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of clitoris

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clitoris

New Latin, from Greek kleitoris

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clitoris

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clitoris

: a female sexual organ that is small, sensitive, and located on the outside of the body in front of the opening of the vagina

clitoris

noun
cli·​to·​ris | \ˈklit-ə-rəs, kli-ˈtȯr-əs \
plural clitorises also clitorides\kli-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​ˌdēz \

Medical Definition of clitoris 

: a small erectile female organ located within the anterior junction of the labia minora that develops from the same embryonic mass of tissue as the penis and is responsive to sexual stimulation

Other Words from clitoris

clitoral \ˈklit-​ə-​rəl \ also clitoric \kli-​ˈtȯr-​ik, -​ˈtär-​ \ adjective

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