[ ek-ster-pey-shuhn ]
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  1. Biology, Ecology. (of a species) the state or condition of having become locally or regionally extinct: Forest elephants in Central Africa have experienced a 65 percent reduction in their populations, and extirpation is imminent if the poaching rate persists.

  2. Medicine/Medical. the removal or excision of a tumor, organ, etc.:Minor controllable bleeding was the only noted complication associated with lymph node extirpation in two of the thirty-nine performed procedures.

Origin of extirpation

First recorded in 1540–50, for an earlier sense; extirpat(e) + -ion

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