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female genital mutilation Syllabification: fe·male gen·i·tal mu·ti·la·tion
(also female genital cutting)

Definition of female genital mutilation in English:


The practice, traditional in some cultures, of partially or totally removing the external genitalia of girls and young women for nonmedical reasons. It is illegal in many countries.
Example sentences
  • In November, the UN General Assembly passed its first resolution condemning female genital mutilation.
  • The World Health Organization estimates that about 140 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation.
  • Egypt outlawed female genital mutilation after a 12-year-old died in 2007.
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