- Biology. to deprive of the nucleus.
- to remove (a kernel, tumor, eyeball, etc.) from its enveloping cover.
- Archaic. to bring out; disclose; explain.
- having no nucleus.
Origin of enucleate
Related Wordssection, incision, resection, enucleation, abscission, comment, essay, elucidation, text, paper, disquisition, thesis, critique, interpretation, dissertation, story, review, discourse, theme, details
Examples from the Web for enucleation
Sessile cysts of this kind are removed by what is known as enucleation.
The method is termed ‘enucleation’,43 and where it fails the extubator must be used.
Associated words: enucleate, enucleation, exacinate, exacination.
Associated words: scleroid, enucleate, enucleation, inenucleable.
When the enucleation is completed the walls of the capsule are carefully examined for oozing vessels which require ligature.
- biology to remove the nucleus from (a cell)
- surgery to remove (a tumour or other structure) from its capsule without rupturing it
- archaic to explain or disclose
- (of cells) deprived of their nuclei
Word Origin and History for enucleation
1640s, from verb enucleate (1540s), from Latin enucleatus "pure, clean," past participle of enucleare "to lay open, explain in detail," literally "to remove the kernel of" (see ex- + nucleus). Mostly figurative in Latin (the notion is of getting at the "core" of some matter); until mid-19c. advances in science and medicine, usually figurative in English.
- To remove something, such as a tumor or an eye, whole and without rupture from an enveloping cover or sac.
- To remove the nucleus of a cell.
- Lacking a nucleus.