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tr.v. cir·cum·cised, cir·cum·cis·ing, cir·cum·cis·es
1. To remove the prepuce of (a male).
2. To remove all or part of the clitoris, prepuce, or labia of (a female).

[Middle English circumcisen, from Latin circumcīdere, circumcīs-, to cut around : circum-, circum- + caedere, to cut; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots.]

cir′cum·cis′er n.


adj circunciso
References in classic literature ?
Next day, to make some return for his entertainment, he took upon him to divert me with some of those stories which the monks amuse simple people with, and told me of a devil that haunted a fountain, and used to make it his employment to plague the monks that came thither to fetch water, and continued his malice till he was converted by the founder of their order, who found him no very stubborn proselyte till they came to the point of circumcision; the devil was unhappily prepossessed with a strong aversion from being circumcised, which, however, by much persuasion, he at last agreed to, and afterwards taking a religious habit, died ten years after with great signs of sanctity.
Look that thou pass him not on the way; for the circumcised slave was displaying his stolen finery amongst us.
MEN who have been circumcised after turning 35 are 45% less likely to get prostate cancer, a study has revealed.
Washington, November 27 ( ANI ): An Israeli woman has been fined 140 dollars per day for refusing to get her son circumcised.
Speaking on behalf of the City, Mr Joshua Amukugo said all men who are not circumcised must consider taking part.
While many are debating what Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby will be called, others are wondering whether or not (if it's a boy) he will be circumcised.
Today over half a million men have been circumcised for HIV prevention in Southern and Eastern Africa.
A national survey found that the majority of circumcised men aged 15 years or older had been circumcised traditionally (57%).
This is what David's father asked Maureen Atieno, 19, when she suggested they get their 14-day-old son circumcised.
According to her, the tradition stipulates that a female child must be circumcised between the ages of 6 months to 10 years.
For example, research shows that men who are circumcised are significantly less likely to be infected with HIV if they have unprotected sex with an HIV positive female sexual partner.
To be circumcised should be an informed, personal choice," Lise MAaAaAeA lle the chairwoman of the doctors' association's ethics board, said.