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[ik-steer-ee-uh-rahyz] /ɪkˈstɪər i əˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), exteriorized, exteriorizing.
to make exterior; externalize.
Surgery. to expose (an internal structure) temporarily outside the body, for observation, surgery, or experimentation.
Also, especially British, exteriorise.
Origin of exteriorize
First recorded in 1875-80; exterior + -ize
Related forms
exteriorization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for exteriorization
Historical Examples
  • Is it connected with the phenomena of exteriorization of sensitivity or motivity?

  • A word, finally, as to the phenomena of "exteriorization of sensibility," to which reference was made in the last paragraph.

  • All music created or composed demands some exteriorization for the perception of the listener.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
British Dictionary definitions for exteriorization


verb (transitive)
(surgery) to expose (an attached organ or part) outside a body cavity, esp in order to remove it from an operating area
another word for externalize
Derived Forms
exteriorization, exteriorisation, noun
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exteriorization in Medicine

exteriorize ex·te·ri·or·ize (ĭk-stēr'ē-ə-rīz')
v. ex·te·ri·or·ized, ex·te·ri·or·iz·ing, ex·te·ri·or·iz·es

  1. To turn outward; externalize.

  2. To direct a patient's interest, thoughts, or feelings into a channel leading outside himself or herself.

  3. To expose an internal organ temporarily for observation, or permanently for physiological experiment or surgery.

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