exteriorize

[ ik-steer-ee-uh-rahyz ]
/ ɪkˈstɪər i əˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), ex·te·ri·or·ized, ex·te·ri·or·iz·ing.

Surgery. to expose (an internal structure) temporarily outside the body, for observation, surgery, or experimentation.
Also especially British, ex·te·ri·or·ise.

Origin of exteriorize

First recorded in 1875–80; exterior + -ize

Related forms

ex·te·ri·or·i·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for exteriorization

  • Is it connected with the phenomena of exteriorization of sensitivity or motivity?

  • All music created or composed demands some exteriorization for the perception of the listener.

    An Autobiography|Igor Stravinsky
  • A word, finally, as to the phenomena of "exteriorization of sensibility," to which reference was made in the last paragraph.

British Dictionary definitions for exteriorization

exteriorize

exteriorise

/ (ɪkˈstɪərɪəˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

surgery to expose (an attached organ or part) outside a body cavity, esp in order to remove it from an operating area
another word for externalize

Derived Forms

exteriorization or exteriorisation, noun
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Medicine definitions for exteriorization

exteriorize

[ ĭk-stîrē-ə-rīz′ ]

v.

To turn outward; externalize.
To direct a patient's interest, thoughts, or feelings into a channel leading outside himself or herself.
To expose an internal organ temporarily for observation, or permanently for physiological experiment or surgery.

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