[ a-bleyt ]
/ æˈbleɪt /

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

1535–45; < Latin ablātus carried away (past participle of auferre), equivalent to ab- ab- + lātus (past participle of ferre to bear); see -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for ablate


/ (æbˈleɪt) /


(tr) to remove by ablation

Word Origin for ablate

C20: back formation from ablation
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Medicine definitions for ablate


[ ă-blāt ]


To remove or destroy the function of.
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