Definition of female circumcision in US English:

female circumcision


  • (among some peoples) the action or traditional practice of cutting off the clitoris and sometimes the labia of girls or young women.

    • ‘Another health issue affecting the Sierra Leonean American population has been the controversy surrounding the practice of female circumcision.’
    • ‘They are now trained in various aspects of female health, and go from village to village educating women about the harmful effects of female circumcision.’
    • ‘Sometimes called female circumcision, this surgery robs girls of the possibility for sexual satisfaction.’
    • ‘One traditional practice that has attracted much attention in the last decade is female circumcision.’
    • ‘The painful and often deadly practice of female circumcision affects millions of women.’


female circumcision

/ˈfēˌmāl ˌsərkəmˈsiZHən/