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demyelinate

[ dih-mahy-uh-luh-neyt ]
/ dɪˈmaɪ ə ləˌneɪt /
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verb (used with object), de·my·e·li·nat·ed, de·my·e·li·nat·ing.

to obliterate or remove the myelin sheath from (a nerve or nerves).

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Origin of demyelinate

First recorded in 1960–65; de- + myelin + -ate1
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