infibulation

noun
in·fib·u·la·tion | \(ˌ)in-ˌfi-byə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of infibulation 

: extreme female genital mutilation involving complete excision of the clitoris, labia minora, and most of the labia majora followed by stitching to close up most of the vagina

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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 Since 2014 though,the most severe form of infibulation has been illegal in the Puntland region - thanks to a Presidential decree. Hawa Aden Mohamed For Cnn, CNN, "Breaking the Silence in the World Capital of Female Genital Mutilation," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of infibulation

1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infibulation

Latin infibulare to fasten the labia majora or prepuce with stitches or a clasp, from in- + fibula clasp, fibula

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infibulation

noun
in·fib·u·la·tion | \(ˌ)in-ˌfib-yə-ˈlā-shən \

Medical Definition of infibulation 

: an act or practice of fastening by ring, clasp, or stitches the labia majora in girls and the foreskin in boys in order to prevent sexual intercourse especially : extreme female genital mutilation involving complete excision of the clitoris, labia minora, and most of the labia majora followed by stitching to close up most of the vagina

Other Words from infibulation

infibulate \-ˈfib-yə-ˌlāt \ transitive verb infibulated; infibulating

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