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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.
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An Osogbo-based circumciser simply identified as, Pa Alabelewe, said he had abandoned the practice after the public sensitisation and introducing a law prohibiting the practice by the Osun State Government.
Young boys are made to chew guava leaves while the circumciser cuts the foreskin with a sharpened tool, usually a straight razor or 'labaha.
52) admonished his readers to be conscious of their individual limitations, using the restrictions in the scope of the circumciser and butcher as metaphors to drive home his point: 'Onikola ki i k'afin; ko s'alapata tii pa'gun' ('No circumciser circumcises an albino; no butcher attempts to kill the vulture').
So, any young man who was circumcised in Canada without medical indication and who becomes aware of and can document his harm can bring a lawsuit against the hospital and/or medical or religious circumciser within one year of turning age 18, based on harm done to his body and the violation of his Charter rights to equal protection based on gender.
There is no compulsory fee for circumcision in Israel when performed by a state-certified "mohel" or circumciser.
The cutting is usually performed by a traditional circumciser (usually an older community member).
A circumciser was described as someone who is not a health worker and who may use unclean equipment.
66) There is a report that in Sudan, the circumciser is often reminded by relatives of soon-to-be circumcised girls to "make it smooth and beautiful like the back of a pigeon.
The practice of direct orogenital suction, in which a circumciser places his mouth directly on a newly circumcised penis and sucks blood away from the wound, has been linked to herpes cases among male newborns in New York.
In six of the 11 cases, healthcare providers confirmed parental reports that the ritual circumcision included an ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice known as metzitzah b'peh, in which the circumciser (mohel, plural: mohelim) places his mouth directly on the newly circumcised penis and sucks blood away from the circumcision wound (direct orogenital suction).
However, Islamic law clearly distinguishes between female circumcision and genital mutilation, drawing upon the Prophet's advice to the circumciser that "touch lightly and do not wear out.
9) The medical doctor is supplanting the traditional circumciser in the eyes of the community.