exteriorize

[ik-steer-ee-uh-rahyz]

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

exteriorize

exteriorise

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 Formsexteriorization or exteriorisation, noun
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exteriorize in Medicine

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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