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clitoris

 [klit´o-ris]
the small, elongated, erectile body in the female, situated at the anterior angle of the rima pudendi. See also vulva.

clit·o·ris

, pl.

cli·to·ri·des

(klit'ō-ris, -tōr'i-dēz; klī'tō-ris), [TA]
A cylindric, erectile body, rarely exceeding 2 cm in length, situated at the most anterior portion of the vulva and projecting between the branched limbs or laminae of the labia minora, which form its prepuce and frenulum. It consists of a glans, a corpus, and two crura, and is the homologue of the penis in the male, except that it is not perforated by the urethra and does not possess a corpus spongiosum.
[G. kleitoris]

clitoris

/clit·o·ris/ (klit´ah-ris) the small, elongated, erectile body in the female, situated at the anterior angle of the rima pudendi and homologous with the penis in the male.

clitoris

(klĭt′ər-ĭs, klĭ-tôr′ĭs, klī′tər-ĭs)
n.
A small erectile body situated at the anterior portion of the vulva and projecting between the branched extremities of the labia minora forming its prepuce and frenulum.

clit′o·ral (-ər-əl) adj.

clitoris

[klit′əris]
Etymology: Gk, kleitoris
the vaginal erectile structure of the female homologous to the corpora cavernosa of the penis. It consists of two corpora cavernosa within a dense layer of fibrous membrane, joined along their inner surfaces by an incomplete fibrous septum. It is situated beneath the anterior labia commissure, partially hidden between the anterior extremities of the labia minora and partly covered by a prepuce. clitoral, adj.

clitoris

A small, sensitive, nerve-dense knob of anteriorly placed tissue, located between the labia on the upper part of the vagina.

clit·o·ris

, pl. clitorides (klit'ŏr-is, kli-tōr'i-dēz) [TA]
A cylindric, erectile body, rarely exceeding 2 cm in length, situated at the most anterior portion of the vulva and projecting between the branched limbs or laminae of the labia minora, which form its prepuce and frenulum. It consists of a glans, a corpus, and two crura.
[G. kleitoris]

clitoris

The female analogue of the penis. The principle erectile sexual organ in women and the main erogenic centre. It lies under the pubic bone at the front junction of the inner lips (labia minora) and immediately in front of the urethra, to which it is closely applied. The clitoris has a substantial nerve and blood supply. From the Greek kleitoris , little hill.

clitoris

a small, rounded projection on the anterior side of the VULVA in female mammals which is homologous with the PENIS in the male but is smaller and has no urethra. It has an exposed glans of erectile tissue that is richly innervated with sensory endings. During sexual excitement parasympathetic nerve impulses trigger dilation of the arteries serving the clitoris and the increased blood-flow causes swelling. The position of the clitoris usually causes it to be stimulated during sexual intercourse; in humans, if stimulation is sufficiently intense and lengthy, an orgasm will result.

clitoris

the small, elongated, erectile body in the female; it occupies the clitoral fossa in the ventral commissure of the vulva where it is attached to the ischial arch by two crura. It is homologous with the penis in the male.

enlarged clitoris
as seen in masculinized patients.
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If the clitoris were more broadly understood as the iceberg-like sexual powerhouse that it is, maybe the orgasm gap would shrink.
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When the midwife, or whoever cuts the clitoris, the length is totally subjective, and because there are no surgical instruments for the procedure, unlike male circumcision, she uses razors, which is disastrous," Heada adds.
While feminists deployed a penis/clitoris homology to claim an independent and autonomous sexuality for women, and to celebrate the clitoris as a site of ecstasy in its own right, contemporary work in sexual anatomy gives it a functional existence in relation to the vagina, which is conceptualized as a receptor for a "cylindrical insertion tool" here, the erect penis (that is, when it's not being used as a birth canal).
If prolactin released at the time of orgasm in men causes hypersensitivity of the glans of the penis, it is possible that prolactin released at orgasm in women would have a similar effect on the glans of the clitoris given the homology of the structures involved.
Excision: partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora (the labia are "the lips" that surround the vagina)
Many women find that when they are in the "cowgirl" position their clitoris rubs on their partner's pubic bone while he is penetrating them and they can also control the depth and speed of intercourse.
Stimulation of the G-spot is said to trigger unusually intense orgasms but opinions are divided on its existence due to a lack of physiological evidence - in contrast to the more obvious clitoris.
Prosecutors said he used scissors to remove his daughter's clitoris in his family's Atlanta-area apartment in 2001.
One segment reviews the history of the medical profession's now we see it, now we don't experience, and the horrors of the ignorance when female orgasm was considered an illness to be cured by removing the clitoris.