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exenterate

[ verb ek-sen-tuh-reyt; adjective ek-sen-ter-it ]
/ verb ɛkˈsɛn təˌreɪt; adjective ɛkˈsɛn tər ɪt /
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verb (used with object), ex·en·ter·at·ed, ex·en·ter·at·ing.

to remove the contents of; disembowel; eviscerate.

adjective

Surgery. eviscerate.

RELATED WORDS

ravage, decimate, ransack, eviscerate, loot, empty, emasculate, debilitate, disembowel, deaden, destroy, desiccate, enervate, weaken, draw, clean, extract, pillage, sack, plunder

Nearby words

exemplum, exempt, exempt carrier, exemption, exencephaly, exenterate, exenteration, exenteritis, exequatur, exequies, exequy

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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British Dictionary definitions for exenterate

exenterate


verb (ɪɡˈzɛntəˌreɪt) (tr)

surgery to remove (internal organs, an eyeball, etc); eviscerate
a rare word for disembowel

adjective (ɪɡˈzɛntəˌreɪt, -rɪt)

rare having been disembowelled
Derived Formsexenteration, noun

Word Origin for exenterate

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