[ verb ek-sen-tuh-reyt; adjective ek-sen-ter-it ]
/ verb ɛkˈsɛn təˌreɪt; adjective ɛkˈsɛn tər ɪt /

verb (used with object), ex·en·ter·at·ed, ex·en·ter·at·ing.

to remove the contents of; disembowel; eviscerate.


Surgery. eviscerate.

Origin of exenterate

1600–10; < Latin exenterātus (past participle of exenterāre to disembowel), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + enter- (< Greek éntera entrails) + -ātus -ate1


ex·en·ter·a·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for exenteration


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 forms of exenterate

exenteration, noun

Word Origin for exenterate

C17: from Latin exenterāre, from ex- 1 + Greek enteron intestine
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Medicine definitions for exenteration

[ ĕk-sĕn′tə-rāshən ]


The surgical removal of internal organs and tissues, usually the radical removal of the contents of a body cavity.evisceration

Other words from exenteration

ex•enter•ate′ v.
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