female genital mutilation
The partial or complete removal of the clitoris, prepuce, or labia of a girl or young woman for nonmedical reasons, performed especially in traditional societies in parts of Africa and western Asia. It is illegal in many countries. Also called female genital cutting.
(plural female genital mutilations)
- (current, modern) injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Includes a broad spectrum of mutilations done to genitals which are female, including including inflicting abrasions, burning (cauterizing or chemical), cutting (from partial slits to amputation), piercing (from poking to stitching) or stretching. [from 21st c.]
- (dated, slang) The complete amputation or partial cutting of the external female genitalia. [from 20th c.]
- female genital cutting (FGC)