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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
  • 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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