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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:

noun

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
  • She writes that her patients have endured both major and minor long-term complications from female genital cutting.
  • Some practitioners believe female genital mutilation will prevent sex before marriage and promiscuity afterwards.
  • In November, the UN General Assembly passed its first resolution condemning female genital mutilation.

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