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Meaning of clitoridectomy

clit•o•ri•dec•to•my

Pronunciation: (klit"ur-i-dek'tu-mē), [key]
— pl. -mies.
  1. the excision of the clitoris, usually performed as part of female initiation rites, mainly among certain African peoples, but also sometimes used in various societies to curb sexual desire; female circumcision. Cf.
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