Definitions for CLITORISˈklɪt ər ɪs, klɪˈtɔr ɪs, -ˈtoʊr-; klɪˈtɔr ɪˌdiz, -ˈtoʊr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

clit•o•risˈklɪt ər ɪs, klɪˈtɔr ɪs, -ˈtoʊr-; klɪˈtɔr ɪˌdiz, -ˈtoʊr-(n.)(pl.)clit•o•ris•es, cli•to•ri•des

  1. the small erectile organ of the vulva.

    Category: Anatomy

Origin of clitoris:

1605–15; < Gk kleitorís, akin to kleíein to shut

clit′o•ral-ˈtɔr ɪk, -ˈtɒr-; -əˈrɪd i ən(adj.)cli•tor′icclit`o•rid′e•an

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clitoris, clit, button(noun)

    a female sexual organ homologous to the penis

Wiktionary

  1. clitoris(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clitoris(noun)

    a small organ at the upper part of the vulva, homologous to the penis in the male

Freebase

  1. Clitoris

    The clitoris is a female sexual organ present in mammals, ostriches and a limited number of other animals. In humans, the visible button-like portion is near the front junction of the labia minora, above the opening of the urethra. Unlike the penis, the male variant of the clitoris, it usually does not contain the distal portion or opening of the urethra and is therefore not used for urination. While few animals urinate through the clitoris, the spotted hyena, which has a particularly well-developed clitoris, urinates, mates and gives birth via the organ. Other carnivorous animals, and some mammals such as lemurs and spider monkeys, also have a well-developed clitoris. The clitoris is the human female's most sensitive erogenous zone and the primary source of female sexual pleasure. In humans and other mammals, it develops from an outgrowth in the embryo called the genital tubercle. Initially undifferentiated, the tubercle develops into either a penis or a clitoris, depending on the presence or absence of the protein tdf, which is codified by a single gene on the Y chromosome. The clitoris is a complex structure, and its size and sensitivity can vary. The glans of the human clitoris is roughly the size and shape of a pea, and is estimated to have more sensory nerve endings than any other part of the human body.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

clitoris(noun)

female genital organ.

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