[ verb ih-noo-klee-eyt, ih-nyoo-; adjective ih-noo-klee-it, -eyt, ih-nyoo- ]
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verb (used with object),e·nu·cle·at·ed, e·nu·cle·at·ing.
  1. Biology. to deprive of the nucleus.

  2. to remove (a kernel, tumor, eyeball, etc.) from its enveloping cover.

  1. Archaic. to bring out; disclose; explain.

  1. having no nucleus.

Origin of enucleate

First recorded in 1540–50; from Latin ēnucleātus (past participle of ēnucleāre “to remove the pit from (fruit)”), equivalent to ē- e-1 + nucle(us) nucleus + -ātus -ate1

Other words from enucleate

  • e·nu·cle·a·tion [ih-noo-klee-ey-shuhn, -nyoo-] /ɪˌnu kliˈeɪ ʃən, -ˌnyu-/ noun

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British Dictionary definitions for enucleate


verb(ɪˈnjuːklɪˌeɪt) (tr)
  1. biology to remove the nucleus from (a cell)

  2. surgery to remove (a tumour or other structure) from its capsule without rupturing it

  1. archaic to explain or disclose

adjective(ɪˈnjuːklɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. (of cells) deprived of their nuclei

Origin of enucleate

C16: from Latin ēnūcleāre to remove the kernel, from nūcleus kernel

Derived forms of enucleate

  • enucleation, noun

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