Definition of Clitoris

1. Noun. A female sexual organ homologous to the penis.

Exact synonyms: Button, Clit
Terms within: Glans Clitoridis, Foreskin, Prepuce
Group relationships: Vulva
Generic synonyms: Erectile Organ
Derivative terms: Clitoral, Clitoric

Definition of Clitoris

1. n. A small organ at the upper part of the vulva, homologous to the penis in the male.

Definition of Clitoris

1. Noun. (anatomy) A small sensitive elongated erectile organ at the anterior part of the vulva in female mammals, homologous with the penis. ¹

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Definition of Clitoris

1. a sex organ [n -RISES or -RIDES] : CLITORAL, CLITORIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Clitoris

1. A small mass of erectile tissue situated at the anterior apex of the vestibule. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Clitoris

clitoral hoods
clitoral vein

Literary usage of Clitoris

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1893)
"The clitoris consists of two corpora cavernosa, composed of erectile tissue enclosed in a dense layer of fibrous membrane, united together along their inner ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1899)
"Winckel is the only writer who describes a sebaceous retention-cyst of the clitoris. Solid tumors are more common, thirty-one examples having been noted; ..."

3. Obstetrics: the science and the art by Charles Delucena Meigs (1852)
"The clitoris.—The word clitoris, according to De Graaf, in his Treatise de ... The tip of the clitoris juts out under the summit of the pointed arch formed ..."

4. The Principles of Midwifery: Including the Diseases of Women and Children by John Burns (1843)
"This at the upper part joins the clitoris, to which, perhaps, ... The clitoris is a small body resembling the male penis, surrounded hy a prepuce, ..."

5. The Practice of medicine by Thomas Hawkes Tanner (1874)
"A very remarkable case in which the clitoris was converted into a <-vst. has ... The history of a case of enormous enlargement of the clitoris and nymph;«, ..."

6. A Theoretical and practical treatise on midwifery: Including the Diseases of by Pierre Cazeaux (1857)
"These lips scarcely descend to the middle of the external ones, but mount up in front as high as the clitoris, where they bifurcate; the inf branch of this ..."

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