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Clitoris

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Updated May 29, 2014

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Definition: The clitoris is a bundle of nerves about the size of a pea located at the top of a woman's vulva, above the urethral opening. It is very sensitive and is responsible for feelings of sexual pleasure when stimulated.

The clitoris plays a significant role in orgasms, and can produce orgasms with and without sexual penetration.

Female circumcision, also known as female genital mutilation, removes the clitoris to prevent the woman from feeling sexual pleasure.

Additional structures of the female reproductive system:

The Vagina

The Ovaries

The Cervix

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Also Known As: (slang)clit
Common Misspellings: clytoris, clitorus, clitoras,
Examples:
After a hysterectomy, the clitoris may play a more important role in orgasms during sexual intercourse.
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