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tr.v. in·fib·u·lat·ed, in·fib·u·lat·ing, in·fib·u·lates
To close off or obstruct the genitals of, especially by sewing together the labia majora in females or fastening the prepuce in males, so as to prevent sexual intercourse.

[Latin īnfībulāre, īnfībulāt-, to clasp with a brooch, infibulate : in-, on; see in-2 + fībula, brooch, clasp; see fibula.]

in·fib′u·la′tion n.


the process of confining with a buckle or padlock. See also sex.
See also: Captivity
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The medical director agreed, warning that worse than the physical harm from infibulation is its "mental effect on the child .
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Female circumcision, particularly the infibulation that transforms a child's vulva into a smooth area of scar tissue, is aesthetically satisfying to its practitioners.
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Another belief is that FGM is possibly originated in Africa as the most radical form of FGM, infibulation, is mostly seen in areas where Arab and Black African cultures meet.
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