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[verb ek-sen-tuh-reyt; adjective ek-sen-ter-it]
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verb (used with object), ex·en·ter·at·ed, ex·en·ter·at·ing.
  1. to remove the contents of; disembowel; eviscerate.
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  1. Surgery. eviscerate.
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Origin of exenterate

1600–10; < Latin exenterātus (past participle of exenterāre to disembowel), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + enter- (< Greek éntera entrails) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsex·en·ter·a·tion, noun
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verb (ɪɡˈzɛntəˌreɪt) (tr)
  1. surgery to remove (internal organs, an eyeball, etc); eviscerate
  2. a rare word for disembowel
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adjective (ɪɡˈzɛntəˌreɪt, -rɪt)
  1. rare having been disembowelled
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Derived Formsexenteration, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin exenterāre, from ex- 1 + Greek enteron intestine
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