From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Circumcise \Cir"cum*cise\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Circumcised; p.
   pr. & vb. n. Circumcising.] [L. circumcisus, p. p. of
   circumcidere to cut around, to circumcise; circum + caedere
   to cut; akin to E. c[ae]sura, homicide, concise, and prob. to
   shed, v. t.]
   1. To cut off the prepuce of foreskin of, in the case of
      males, and the internal labia of, in the case of females.
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   2. (Script.) To purify spiritually.
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