One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Surgical excision or reduction of one or both of the labia minora (nymphae).
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Harris (c1666–1719), writer and lecturer on science. From post-classical Latin nymphotomia from Hellenistic Greek or Byzantine Greek νυμϕοτομία removal of the clitoris from ancient Greek νύμϕη clitoris + -τομία.
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