[ fuhl-gyuh-reyt ]
/ ˈfʌl gyəˌreɪt /

verb (used without object), ful·gu·rat·ed, ful·gu·rat·ing.

to flash or dart like lightning.

verb (used with object), ful·gu·rat·ed, ful·gu·rat·ing.

Medicine/Medical. to destroy (especially an abnormal growth) by electricity.

Origin of fulgurate

1670–80; < Latin fulgurātus, past participle of fulgurāre to flash, glitter, lighten, derivative of fulgur flash of lightning
Related formsful·gu·ra·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fulguration (1 of 2)


/ (ˌfʌlɡjʊˈreɪʃən) /


surgery destruction of tissue by means of high-frequency (more than 10 000 per second) electric sparks

British Dictionary definitions for fulguration (2 of 2)


/ (ˈfʌlɡjʊˌreɪt) /


(intr) rare to flash like lightning
Derived Formsfulgurant (ˈfʌlɡjʊrənt), adjective

Word Origin for fulgurate

C17: from Latin fulgurāre, from fulgur lightning
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Medicine definitions for fulguration


[ ful′gyə-rāshən, -gə-, fŭl′- ]


The destruction of tissue, usually malignant tumors, by means of a high-frequency electric current applied with a needlelike electrode.
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