verb (used with object), in·fib·u·lat·ed, in·fib·u·lat·ing.

  1. to stitch together the vulva of (a girl or woman), often after a clitoridectomy, in order to prevent intercourse.
  2. to stitch the prepuce of (a male).


  1. (tr) to enclose (esp the genitals, to prevent sexual intercourse) with a clasp

1620s, from Latin infibulatus, past participle of infibulare “to close with a clasp,” from in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + fibula “a clasp, pin” (see fibula). Related: Infibulated.

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