enucleate

verb
enu·​cle·​ate | \ (ˌ)ē-ˈnü-klē-ˌāt How to pronounce enucleate (audio) , -ˈnyü- How to pronounce enucleate (audio) \
enucleated; enucleating

Definition of enucleate

transitive verb

1 archaic : explain
2 : to deprive of a nucleus
3 : to remove without cutting into enucleate a tumor enucleate the eyeball

Other Words from enucleate

enucleation \ (ˌ)ē-​ˌn(y)ü-​klē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce enucleation (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of enucleate

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for enucleate

Latin enucleatus, past participle of enucleare, literally, to remove the kernel from, from e- + nucleus kernel — more at nucleus

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“Enucleate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enucleate. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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enucleate

transitive verb
enu·​cle·​ate | \ (ˈ)ē-ˈn(y)ü-klē-ˌāt How to pronounce enucleate (audio) \
enucleated; enucleating

Medical Definition of enucleate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to deprive of a nucleus
2 : to remove without cutting into enucleate a tumor enucleate the eyeball

Other Words from enucleate

enucleation \ (ˌ)ē-​ˌn(y)ü-​klē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce enucleation (audio) \ noun
enucleator \ (ˈ)ē-​ˈn(y)ü-​klē-​ˌāt-​ər How to pronounce enucleator (audio) \ noun

enucleate

adjective
enu·​cle·​ate | \ -klē-ət, -ˌāt How to pronounce enucleate (audio) \

Medical Definition of enucleate (Entry 2 of 2)

: lacking a nucleus enucleate cells

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