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enucleate

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

Definition of enucleate

enucleated

enucleating

  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>

enucleation

play \(ˌ)ē-ˌn(y)ü-klē-ˈā-shən\ noun


Origin and Etymology 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


Medical Dictionary

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enucleate

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transitive verb enu·cle·ate \(ˈ)ē-ˈn(y)ü-klē-ˌāt\

Medical Definition of enucleate

enucleated

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enucleating

  1. 1:  to deprive of a nucleus

  2. 2:  to remove without cutting into <enucleate a tumor> <enucleate the eyeball>

enucleation

\(ˌ)ē-ˌn(y)ü-klē-ˈā-shən\play noun

enucleator

\(ˈ)ē-ˈn(y)ü-klē-ˌāt-ər\play noun



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enucleate

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adjective enu·cle·ate \-klē-ət, -ˌāt\

Medical Definition of enucleate

  1. :  lacking a nucleus <enucleate cells>




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