ablate

verb
ab·​late | \ a-ˈblāt How to pronounce ablate (audio) \
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

Examples of ablate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Although uncommon, some people have pain even after knee replacement surgery," 14 Aug. 2019 The instability essentially exhausts the plasma onto the wall, ablating it away. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "A third dimension helps Tokamak fusion reactor avoid wall-destroying instability," 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, "8 Gentle and Effective Ways to Remove Facial Hair," 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, "8 Gentle and Effective Ways to Remove Facial Hair," 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, "8 Gentle and Effective Ways to Remove Facial Hair," 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, "8 Gentle and Effective Ways to Remove Facial Hair," 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, "8 Gentle and Effective Ways to Remove Facial Hair," 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, "8 Gentle and Effective Ways to Remove Facial Hair," 17 Aug. 2018

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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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“Ablate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ablated. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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More Definitions for ablate

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

Medical Definition of ablate

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

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