Pronunciation: (klit"ur-i-dek'tu-mē), [key]
the excision of the clitoris, usually performed as part of female initiation rites, mainly among certain African peoples, but also sometimes used in various societies to curb sexual desire; female circumcision. Cf. infibulation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.