[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM exteriorize

ex·te·ri·or·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for exteriorize



/ (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 of exteriorize

exteriorization or exteriorisation, noun
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Medical definitions for exteriorize

[ ĭk-stîrē-ə-rīz′ ]


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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