ablate

verb

ab·​late a-ˈblāt How to pronounce ablate (audio)
ablated; ablating

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to become ablated
especially : vaporize sense 1

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Doctors were able to successfully ablate the arrhythmia during the surgery, John confirmed. Anya Leon, PEOPLE.com, 6 Aug. 2020 The first is a minimally invasive procedure where the nerves that carry pain information away from the knee are ablated, or destroyed, with the use of a special needle. Markus Bendel, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Aug. 2019 The instability essentially exhausts the plasma onto the wall, ablating it away. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 13 Sep. 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, 17 Aug. 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, 17 Aug. 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, 17 Aug. 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, 17 Aug. 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, 17 Aug. 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of ablate was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ablate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ablate. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

ablate

verb

ab·​late a-ˈblāt How to pronounce ablate (audio)
ablated; ablating
: to remove or become removed by cutting, wearing away, evaporating, or vaporizing

Medical Definition

ablate

transitive verb

ab·​late a-ˈblāt How to pronounce ablate (audio)
ablated; ablating
: to remove or destroy especially by cutting or abrading
ablate diseased tissue
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