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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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Nevertheless, the embryonic positive, but not ideal, change in attitudes may also be explained by the concomitant historical decline in infibulation and the rise in clitoridectomy between the years 1982 and 2001 (Abdel Magied 2008a).
Whether it was the mission girls who refused clitoridectomy, or the unexised Kipsigis girl who gave birth in a mission hospital, both had to negotiate alternative social networks, even as they adopted new identities.
Betty Friedan published a memoir a few years ago in which she recounted hearing, at international women's conferences, about things that women in faraway countries had to contend with, such as clitoridectomy.
Whereas female genital mutilation includes even the practice of infibulation, female circumcision refers only to excision and clitoridectomy.
But what really disappoints and staggers me is her extraordinary refusal in the book to condemn female circumcision and to suggest that cosmetic surgery in the West is no worse than clitoridectomy and infibulation practised upon five-year-old girls in some African cultures.
The practice of clitoridectomy preceded the introduction of Islam in Arabia and in different parts of Africa.
Male ritual circumcision involves various degrees of foreskin removal, while female circumcision ranges from clitoridectomy to vulvectomy to infibulation (known as Pharaonic circumcision--the most severe and mutilating form).
Eighteen months later, after judging her genital appendage inadequate as a penis, a different set of medical experts performed a clitoridectomy on Chase and told her parents to raise her as a girl.
1509 (1992) (presenting clitoridectomy as primary example); Alison T.
16] Reduction operations include partial or total clitoridectomy, in some cases with excision of the labia minora.
show, is a kind of sculptural documentation of man's inhumanity to woman - of the social reshaping of the female body, whether imposed, as in foot-binding and clitoridectomy, or partially self-willed, as in anorexia and cosmetic surgery.