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verb (used with object), ex·te·ri·or·ized, ex·te·ri·or·iz·ing.
  1. to make exterior; externalize.
  2. Surgery. to expose (an internal structure) temporarily outside the body, for observation, surgery, or experimentation.
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Also especially British, ex·te·ri·or·ise.

Origin of exteriorize

First recorded in 1875–80; exterior + -ize
Related formsex·te·ri·or·i·za·tion, noun
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Related Words

materialize, represent, incarnate, exemplify, convey, substantiate, express, externalize, manifest, project, objectify, personify, symbolize

British Dictionary definitions for exteriorize



verb (tr)
  1. surgery to expose (an attached organ or part) outside a body cavity, esp in order to remove it from an operating area
  2. another word for externalize
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Derived Formsexteriorization or exteriorisation, noun
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exteriorize in Medicine


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