verb (used with object), ab·lat·ed, ab·lat·ing.
to remove or dissipate by melting, vaporization, erosion, etc.: to ablate a metal surface with intense heat.
verb (used without object), ab·lat·ed, ab·lat·ing.
to become ablated; undergo ablation.
Origin of ablate
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(tr) to remove by ablation
Word Origin for ablate
C20: back formation from ablation
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To remove or destroy the function of.
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