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clitoridectomy

 [klit″o-rĭ-dek´to-me]
excision of the clitoris.

clit·o·ri·dec·to·my

(klit'ō-ri-dek'tō-mē),
Removal of the clitoris.
[clitoris + G. ektomē, excision]

clitoridectomy

/clit·o·ri·dec·to·my/ (klit″ah-rĭ-dek´tah-me) excision of the clitoris.

clitoridectomy

(klĭt′ər-ĭ-dĕk′tə-mē, klī′tər-) also

clitorectomy

(klĭt′ə-rĕk′tə-mē, klī′tə-)
n. pl. clitoridecto·mies
1. Surgical removal of all or part of the clitoris.
2. Female genital mutilation.

clitoridectomy

[klit′əridek′təmē]
the excising of all or part of the clitoris, and sometimes part of the labia, a form of ritual mutilation performed on over 100 million girls and women in more than 40 countries. It is usually performed at 4 to 12 years of age, without anesthesia, with crude cutting tools, and with few or no precautions against infection. The reasons for this ancient practice are very complex, including the male desire to control female sexuality. As of June 1996, the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals recognized genital mutilation as a form of persecution and a basis for asylum for girls and women. In the United States itself an estimated 40,000 immigrant girls are clitoridectomized every year; federal legislation is pending to prohibit the practice, which several states have outlawed already. Defenders of clitoridectomy sometimes refer to it as female circumcision a deliberately misleading euphemism that should be avoided. See also female genital mutilation.
A type of female genital cutting (‘circumcision’) in which varying parts of the clitoris are excised, usually in children

clitoridectomy

Human rights A type of ♀ circumcision. See Female circumcision. Cf Infibulation.
Clitoridectomy types
I  Partial or total clitoris removed-likened to penis amputation
II  Clitoridectomy and partial labia minora excision
The wound is closed with thread, grass, or other suture materials, or with a poultice
Clitoridectomy is deeply rooted in the culture of certain African countries, and symbolizes societal control over a woman's sexuality (NEJM 1994; 331:712sa)

clit·o·ri·dec·to·my

(klit'ōr-i-dek'tŏ-mē)
Removal of the clitoris.
[clitoris + G. ektomē, excision]

clitoridectomy

See CIRCUMCISION.

Clitoridectomy

A procedure where the clitoris and possibly some of the surrounding labial tissue at the opening of the vagina is cut away.

clitoridectomy

excision of the clitoris.
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Resent pilot studies on three generations in Sudanese families have shown gradual decline in infibulations from grandmothers to mothers to daughters; with a reversed situation for clitoridectomies.
The historical overall prevalence of FGM practiced in Sudan, decline in infibulations and concomitant rise in clitoridectomies have been graphically extrapolated from published literature on the national surveys carried out in the Sudan.
Graphical extrapolation of records of previous national surveys (1979-2001) have shown a clear concomitant gradual decline in infibulations and rise in clitoridectomies (Figure 2).
Nevertheless, graphical extrapolation of results of prevalence of FGM between 1979 and 2001 has shown a shift in the practice with clear gradual decline in infibulations and concomitant gradual rise in clitoridectomies.
In his decision, Judge Kendall Warren called clitoridectomies "cruel, painful, and dangerous.
In the Sudan, some of the recent forms of clitoridectomies practiced in the Sudan might fit in WHO (1996 and 2007) Type I FGM.
Were women asked, in the interests of multi-culturalism, to lobby to have Medicare cover the cost of clitoridectomies, we would have a further dilemma.
Consequently, recent forms of clitoridectomies practiced in the Sudan might fit in WHO (1996) Type I FGM.