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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).
Keywords : Droz, Clitoridectomy, Ethical Approach, Ethos, Kikuyu, Human Rights
82) According to Wasunna, "[i]t is believed that clitoridectomy was an original African institution adopted by Islam at the conquest of Egypt in 742 A.
This is a beautifully crafted story in which the theme of sex is approached through gendered difference between males and females and the practice of clitoridectomy.
Chapter three focuses on clitoridectomy, "a central institution that for many defined not only a woman's sexual identity, but also her ethnicity and that of her community," and considers why resistance to its elimination grew against the increased efforts of government to "medicalize and politicize" the practice (11).
Even the discussion one might expect to find on clitoridectomy does not address the topic as we might think of it today--a practice still extant in some African countries and engaged in with alarming regularity in the U.
The second issue I shall briefly consider is what is often termed "female circumcision," practices of clitoridectomy and infibulation that critics of the practice describe as "female genital mutilation.
Browne, "Christian Missionaries, Western Feminists, and the Kikuyu Clitoridectomy Controversy," in Brett Williams, ed.
This book describes women's experiences in debating the legal status of African women, their sexuality in culture and law as well as clitoridectomy, ethnicity and womanhood.
One Christian missionary, an elderly woman, was murdered after having been subjected to a forced clitoridectomy in reprisal for the missionaries' condemnation of the practice.
It used to be treated by clitoridectomy with "very unsatisfactory results," he said, describing more conservative procedures in use today.