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clit·o·ri·dec·to·my

(klĭt′ər-ĭ-dĕk′tə-mē, klī′tər-) also clit·o·rec·to·my (klĭt′ə-rĕk′tə-mē, klī′tə-)
n. pl. clit·o·ri·dec·to·mies also clit·o·rec·to·mies
1. Surgical removal of all or part of the clitoris.
2. Female genital mutilation.

[Greek kleitoris, kleitorid-, clitoris; see clitoris + -ectomy.]

clitoridectomy

(ˌklɪtərɪˈdɛktəmɪ) or

clitorectomy

n, pl -mies
the surgical removal of the clitoris: a form of female circumcision, esp practised as a religious or ethnic rite

clit•o•ri•dec•to•my

(ˌklɪt ər ɪˈdɛk tə mi)

n., pl. -mies.
the excision of the clitoris, performed in some traditional societies as part of female initiation rites.
[1865–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clitoridectomy - excision of the clitoris
ablation, cutting out, extirpation, excision - surgical removal of a body part or tissue
Translations

clitoridectomy

[ˌklɪtərɪˈdektəmɪ] Nclitoridectomía f

clit·o·ri·dec·to·my

n. clitoridectomía, excisión del clítoris.
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There is an unfortunately long and significant history to the use of women's bodies for scientific inquiry, from how Western scientific knowledge has been co-constituted with colonial rule, (26) to the development of "cures" for women's "madness," such as clitoridectomies and cold showers.
Kim Marie Vaz writes that "myth and folklore have encrypted the symbol of the vagina dentata with the gluttonous sexual hunger of women and of men's terrors of castration," and suggests that "pulling of the 'vaginal teeth' through practices such as clitoridectomies are meant to render the women more docile.
Health experts often cite the figure of 130 million clitoridectomies, mostly in Africa (in Ghana, where Appiah was raised, about 40 percent of women have undergone it).
They claim that the procedure can cause health risks and diminished sexual function and compare it to the clitoridectomies performed on girls in parts of Africa.
They regularly compare male circumcision to the clitoridectomies performed on girls in parts of Africa.
African women are making meaningful contributions as lecturers, professors, and presidents of universities; as commissioners and ministers, senators and governors, and chairpersons of political parties; as directors and others involved in literary movements and campaigns against forced marriages, clitoridectomies, and obsolete widowhood practices.
In societies in which clitoridectomies are performed, men are more intimidated by women who do enjoy their body and their sexuality.
Graphical extrapolations of historical prevalence of FGM (1979 to 2001) have shown a shift in the practice by gradual decline in infibulations and concomitant rise in clitoridectomies.
Women who displayed "troublesomeness," who manifested erotic tendencies, or who tried to commit suicide were prescribed clitoridectomies and ovariotomies.
Were women asked, in the interests of multiculturalism, to lobby to have Medicare cover the cost of clitoridectomies, we would have a further dilemma.
I need hardly mention what is familiar to all (and looks back to Benhabib's research and related anthropological issues)--namely the tense debates about so-called cultural practices, such as clitoridectomies.
I'd like to know how human sacrifice, female infanticide, cannibalism, slavery, suttee, clitoridectomies, female foot-binding, torture, apartheid, and witch burning are 'traditions of reason,'" he remarks.