ab·​late | \a-ˈblāt \
ablated; ablating

Definition of ablate 

transitive verb

: to remove or destroy especially by cutting, abrading, or evaporating

intransitive verb

: to become ablated especially : vaporize sense 1

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Work done in 2015, also in mice, showed that treatment with broad spectrum antibiotics that ablate intestinal bacteria will prevent norovirus infection. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "We’ve found the cells norovirus targets—we just don’t know what they do," 14 Apr. 2018 The advantage this route has over electrolysis is treating a larger portion at a time, while electrolysis (elaborated on below) is individually ablating one follicle at a time — think waxing versus plucking. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "8 Gentle and Effective Ways to Remove Facial Hair," 8 Sep. 2017 Their 15-ton, 22-foot-wide lifting-body Earth Landing Vehicle would include a heat shield that would ablate – that is, char and erode, carrying away atmosphere-entry heat. David S. F. Portree, WIRED, "NASA’s First Nuclear-Thermal Mars Expedition Study (1960)," 24 July 2013

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First Known Use of ablate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for ablate

borrowed from Latin ablātus (suppletive past participle of auferre "to carry away, remove"), from ab- ab- + lātus, suppletive past participle of ferre "to bear" — more at bear entry 2, tolerate

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ab·​late | \a-ˈblāt \
ablated; ablating

Medical Definition of ablate 

: to remove or destroy especially by cutting or abrading ablate diseased tissue

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