[uh-blit-uh-rey-shuh n]


the act of obliterating or the state of being obliterated.
Pathology, Surgery. the removal of a part as a result of disease or surgery.

Origin of obliteration

1650–60; < Latin oblitterātiōn- (stem of oblitterātiō), equivalent to oblitterāt(us) (see obliterate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsob·lit·er·a·tive [uh-blit-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /əˈblɪt əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/, adjective
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Word Origin and History for obliteration

1650s, from Late Latin obliterationem (nominative obliteratio), noun of action from past participle stem of obliterare (see obliterate).

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