Clitoridectomy

Clitoridectomy is the surgical removal of the clitoris. It is rarely needed as a therapeutic medical procedure, such as when cancer has developed in or spread to the clitoris. Most removals of the clitoris occur as female genital mutilation, defined by the World Health Organisation as "all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural, religious or other non-therapeutic reasons.".[1]

It was once used to curb female masturbation.[2] This procedure is also ritual in certain tribes such as the Maasai in Kenya and Tanzania.

See also

  • Genital mutilation

Notes


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  • clitoridectomy — 1866, from Gk. klitorid (see CLITORIS (Cf. clitoris)) + ECTOMY (Cf. ectomy). Originally in reference to a proposed cure for hysteria …   Etymology dictionary

  • clitoridectomy — [klit΄ə ri dek′tə mē, klīt΄ə ri dek′tə mē] n. pl. clitoridectomies [klit΄ə ri dek′təmēz] the surgical removal of part or all of the clitoris, specif. as a ritualistic practice in some traditional societies …   English World dictionary

  • clitoridectomy — also clitorectomy noun (plural mies) Date: 1866 excision of all or part of the clitoris …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • clitoridectomy — /klit euhr i dek teuh mee/, n., pl. clitoridectomies. 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;… …   Universalium

  • clitoridectomy — noun The surgical procedure to remove all or part of the clitoris; female circumcision …   Wiktionary

  • clitoridectomy — Removal of the clitoris. [clitoris + G. ektome, excision] * * * clit·o·ri·dec·to·my .klit ə rə dek tə mē also clit·o·rec·to·my rek tə mē n, pl mies excision of all or part of the clitoris * * * n. the surgical removal of the clitoris (see …   Medical dictionary

  • clitoridectomy — [ˌklɪt(ə)rɪ dɛktəmi] noun (plural clitoridectomies) excision of the clitoris; female circumcision …   English new terms dictionary

  • clitoridectomy — clit·o·ri·dec·to·my …   English syllables

  • clitoridectomy — n. the surgical removal of the clitoris (see (female) circumcision) …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • clitoridectomy — clit•o•ri•dec•to•my [[t]ˌklɪt ər ɪˈdɛk tə mi[/t]] n. pl. mies ant srg the excision of the clitoris, performed in some traditional societies as part of female initiation rites • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

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