[verb ih-noo-klee-eyt, ih-nyoo-; adjective ih-noo-klee-it, -eyt, ih-nyoo-]
- Biology. to deprive of the nucleus.
- to remove (a kernel, tumor, eyeball, etc.) from its enveloping cover.
- Archaic. to bring out; disclose; explain.
- having no nucleus.
Origin of enucleate
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Associated words: enucleate, enucleation, exacinate, exacination.
Associated words: scleroid, enucleate, enucleation, inenucleable.
In the present imperfect state of knowledge it may be impossible to enucleate miracle, however defined, of all mystery.Miracles and Supernatural Religion
James Morris Whiton
I suspect that this error must at first have arisen from some confusion between to eliminate and to enucleate.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive
John Stuart Mill
Under these circumstances it is better to leave it alone, or, if it be causing signs of irritation, to enucleate the eye.
- biology to remove the nucleus from (a cell)
- surgery to remove (a tumour or other structure) from its capsule without rupturing it
- archaic to explain or disclose
- (of cells) deprived of their nuclei
C16: from Latin ēnūcleāre to remove the kernel, from nūcleus kernel
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- To remove something, such as a tumor or an eye, whole and without rupture from an enveloping cover or sac.
- To remove the nucleus of a cell.
- Lacking a nucleus.
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