de·​fat (ˌ)dē-ˈfat How to pronounce defat (audio)
defatted; defatting; defats

transitive verb

: to remove fat from

Examples of defat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the best and, in some ways easiest, manner to defat something is to refrigerate it until the fat rises to the top as a solid — and skim or spoon that off. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, 19 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of defat was in 1892

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“Defat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
de·​fat (ˈ)dē-ˈfat How to pronounce defat (audio)
defatted; defatting
: to remove fat from
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