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verb (used with object), ep·i·lat·ed, ep·i·lat·ing.
  1. to remove (hair) from by means of physical, chemical, or radiological agents; depilate.
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Origin of epilate

1885–90; < French épil(er) (< Latin ē- e-1 + pil(us) hair + -er infinitive suffix) + -ate1
Related formsep·i·la·tion, nounep·i·la·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for epilation


  1. (tr) rare to remove hair from
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Derived Formsepilation, noun

Word Origin

C19: from French épiler (modelled on dépiler depilate) + -ate 1
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epilation in Medicine


  1. The act or result of removing hair, as by mechanical or chemical means.depilation
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  1. To remove a hair from a part of the body by forcible extraction, electrolysis, or loosening at the root by chemical means.
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