verb (used with object), de·ner·vat·ed, de·ner·vat·ing. Surgery.
  1. to cut off the nerve supply from (an organ or body part) by surgery or anesthetic block.

Origin of denervate

First recorded in 1900–05; de- + nerve + -ate1
Related formsde·ner·va·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for denervation


  1. (tr) to deprive (a tissue or organ) of its nerve supply
Derived Formsdenervation, noun
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denervation in Medicine


  1. To deprive an organ or body part of a nerve supply, as by surgically removing or cutting a nerve or by blocking a nerve connection with drugs.
Related formsde′ner•vation n.
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