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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

(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

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.
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Three women mentioned taking a man's hand and setting it on her clitoris. When I asked, "How does he know what to do with his hand?" One woman said she usually does not explain but lets him know if it hurts.
Epidermal inclusion cysts of the clitoris as a complication of female circumcision and pharaonic infibulation.
Have fun experimenting (alone or with a partner) with the mighty clitoris and its glorious parts!
Generally, clitoral hypertrophy is defined as a clitoris with a transverse diameter of 7 mm or larger [10].
There are broad, societal ways to tackle it: better sex education, especially about the clitoris, and better representation of women's sexuality in media, to name a couple.
The beginning of the book offers a clue to what Hall means to convey: "The rhetorical form of clitoral theory is synecdoche, the 'detail figure,' where a single part, or aspect, refers to the whole." And indeed, Hall's illustrative stories are miniature, as if they are meant to test the reader's aptitude for synecdoche in which the clitoris stands for the whole woman, or perhaps for all of womankind.
La practica pone en evidencia un gran miedo a la sexualidad femenina, que se expresa, por ejemplo, con argumentos como los de los mossi, de Burkina Faso, o los dogon y bambaras de Mali, que creen que el clitoris es un organo peligroso para los hombres, ya que les trae consecuencias fatales si el pene entra en contacto con el.
After 30 days it was possible to distinguish females from males by the formation of urogenital folds and sulcus, positioned caudally to the clitoris. At 45 days, the urogenital folds already had characteristics of future labia, not yet fused urogenital sulcus, covered by the urogenital membrane was evident and the perineum was not formed (Fig.2C).
Mother noticed prominent clitoris at birth which was gradually increasing in size.
The joy, however, turned to shock as the girl's clitoris began to grow abnormally and in 15 months she had a penile- like growth comparable to a male.
Throughout history, there have been controversies concerning the anatomy of the clitoris and its role in female sexual function.