- The act of excising or amputating the foreskin or prepuce from the penis.
- The act of excising tissue from the vulva of the female.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Cir`cum*cision (?), n. [L.
circumcisio.] 1. The act of cutting
off the prepuce or foreskin of males, or the internal labia of
&fist; The circumcision of males is practiced as a
religious rite by the Jews, Mohammedans, etc.
2. (Script.) (a)
The Jews, as a circumcised people. (b)
Rejection of the sins of the flesh; spiritual purification,
and acceptance of the Christian faith.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Circumcision, the practice of cutting away the foreskin, chiefly of
males, as observed by the Jews and the Mohammedans, as well as other
nations of remote antiquity; regarded by some as a mark of belonging to
the tribe, and by others as a sacrifice in propitiation by blood.
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