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in·fib·u·la·tion

(in-fib'ū-la'shun),
Closure of the vaginal vestibule by creating a fusion of the labia majora; typically done after excision of the labia minora and clitoris and incision of the labia majora to create raw surfaces that can be surgically joined by pinning so that they will eventually grow together; done for cultural, not medical, reasons.
See also: female circumcision.
[L. infibulo, to pin or clasp together, to join surgically (Celsus), fr. in- + fibula, pin, clasp]
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infibulation

Sexology
(1) The masochistic stabbing of oneself with sharp objects (e.g., pins, needles, razors, etc.) in the genitals to evoke sexual pleasure and pain.
(2) The surgical modification of the external genitalia.
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in·fib·u·la·tion

(in-fib'yū-la'shŭn)
Closure of the vaginal vestibule by creating a fusion of the labia majora; typically done after excision of the labia minora and clitoris and incision of the labia majora to create raw surfaces that can be surgically joined by pinning so that they will eventually grow together; done for cultural, not medical, reasons.
See also: female circumcision
[L. infibulo, to pin or clasp together, to join surgically (Celsus), fr. in- + fibula, pin, clasp]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

infibulation

Female CIRCUMCISION with stitching together of the LABIA MAJORA so as to prevent sexual intercourse.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Infibulation

A procedure where the tissue around the vagina is sewn shut, leaving only a small opening for the passage of urine and menstrual blood.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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(13.) Vissandjee B, Kantiebo M, Levine A and N'Dejuru R The cultural context of gender, identity: Female genital, excision and infibulation. Health Care Women Int.
* Type III: Narrowing of the vaginal orifice with creation of a covering seal by cutting and appositioning the labia minora and/or the labia majora, with or without excision of the clitoris (infibulation).
This is called infibulation (previously known as pharaonic circumcision).
(184) Shell-Duncan and a colleague worry that very serious cases specific to infibulation are generalized to apply to all types of FGR and used to promote abolition campaign.
minora and/or the labia majora, with or without excision of the clitoris (infibulation), Type IV involves all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, for example: pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterization.
Instead of comparing the harm at issue to an objective standard for persecution, they compare it to the most extreme form of the relevant cultural practice, such as Type III FGM (infibulation) or forced sterilization.
The types of FGC vary from a simple pricking of the clitoris, to removal of all the female genitalia, and almost complete closure of the virginal area (infibulations).
The map of Africa showing the extent of the practice of FGM (Female genital mutilation) printed on the page preceding her own text, distinguishes clearly between the zones of Africa where clitoridectomy is commonly practiced and the more limited areas of infibulations, by using different shades of grey.
Abdalla, who nearly thirty years ago published the groundbreaking book on FGC, Sisters in Affliction, concludes the section on African anti FGC programs by providing us with several moving, heart-rending first-person accounts by women who survived infibulations.
While clitoridectomy and excision of the inner labia are found among Africans with a variety of religious and cultural orientations, infibulations appears almost exclusively among Islamic peoples.
The infibulations appeared in the form of apposition of the labia minora and majora reducing the vaginal opening into a sluice that would just let menses trickle out (Figure 2 and Figure 3).