female genital mutilation

noun

Definition of female genital mutilation

: a procedure performed especially as a cultural rite that typically includes the total or partial excision of the female external genitalia and especially the clitoris and labia minora and that is now outlawed in many nations including the U.S. abbreviation FGM

called also female circumcision

— compare infibulation

Examples of female genital mutilation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The measure adds medical care for transgender youth to a section of Idaho law already on the books that bans female genital mutilation. Giselle Rhoden, CNN, 10 Mar. 2022 Idaho’s bill, H.B. 675, is an addendum to an existing ban on female genital mutilation. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Health workers and activists call it female genital mutilation and are working to end the practice. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 Women in the Kuria tribe, a deeply patriarchal community, also face customs like female genital mutilation (FGM) and polygamy. Jay Parini, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 One of Carrie Johnson’s best friends, Nimco Ali—a thirty-eight-year-old activist who campaigns against female genital mutilation—is regularly sent out to fight for Carrie in the press. Lara Prendergast, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 No matter the customs of a student’s native country, instructors emphasize that practices such as female genital mutilation are prohibited in this country. Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2021 Currently, 40 states have laws that criminalize female genital mutilation, including Michigan, which passed its statute in the wake of the federal case. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 28 Sep. 2021 Currently, 27 states have laws that criminalize female genital mutilation, including Michigan, whose FGM law is stiffer than the federal statute, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, compared with five years under federal law. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 16 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of female genital mutilation

1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Female genital mutilation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/female%20genital%20mutilation. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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female genital mutilation

noun

Medical Definition of female genital mutilation

: a procedure performed especially as a cultural rite that typically includes the total or partial excision of the female external genitalia and especially the clitoris and labia minora and that is now outlawed in many nations including the United States abbreviation FGM

called also female circumcision

— compare infibulation

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