The cutting off of all or part of a woman's or girl's clitoris, practiced in some societies, mainly in Africa, as a social or cultural rite of passage. Recently banned in Egypt.
Clitoridectomy or female genital mutilation involves the removal or splitting of the clitoral hood, termed "hoodectomy", with or without excision of the clitoris.
by Barnon June 28, 2007
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