female genital mutilation

noun
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

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First Known Use of female genital mutilation

1979


Medical Dictionary

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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