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verb (used without object), ful·gu·rat·ed, ful·gu·rat·ing.
  1. to flash or dart like lightning.
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verb (used with object), ful·gu·rat·ed, ful·gu·rat·ing.
  1. Medicine/Medical. to destroy (especially an abnormal growth) by electricity.
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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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Examples from the Web for fulguration

Historical Examples

  • We have seen in the preceding chapter that fulguration often leaves no particular sign on men who are struck.

    Thunder and Lightning

    Camille Flammarion

  • The phenomenon of their total disappearance is called the lightning, or fulguration.

  • Fulguration for the destruction of growths is obtained by employing a pointed metal electrode.

British Dictionary definitions for fulguration


  1. surgery destruction of tissue by means of high-frequency (more than 10 000 per second) electric sparks
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  1. (intr) rare to flash like lightning
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Derived Formsfulgurant (ˈfʌlɡjʊrənt), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin fulgurāre, from fulgur lightning
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fulguration in Medicine


(ful′gyə-rāshən, -gə-, fŭl′-)
  1. The destruction of tissue, usually malignant tumors, by means of a high-frequency electric current applied with a needlelike electrode.
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