clit·o·ris (klĭtər-ĭs, klĭ-tôrĭs, klītər-ĭs)
A small erectile body situated at the anterior portion of the vulva and projecting between the branched extremities of the labia minora forming its prepuce and frenulum.
[New Latin clītoris, from Greek kleitoris, from diminutive of *kleitōr, hill (attested as a proper noun in Kleitōr, the name of a city of Arcadia) ; see klei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
clito·ral (-ər-əl) adj.
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