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enucleate

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verb enu·cle·ate \(ˌ)ē-ˈnü-klē-ˌāt, -ˈnyü-\

Definition of enucleate

enu·cle·at·edenu·cle·at·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  explain

  3. 2 :  to deprive of a nucleus

  4. 3 :  to remove without cutting into <enucleate a tumor> <enucleate the eyeball>

enu·cle·ation play \(ˌ)ē-ˌn(y)ü-klē-ˈā-shən\ noun


Origin of enucleate

Latin enucleatus, past participle of enucleare, literally, to remove the kernel from, from e- + nucleus kernel — more at nucleus


First Known Use: 1548


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