eviscerate

verb

evis·​cer·​ate i-ˈvi-sə-ˌrāt How to pronounce eviscerate (audio)
eviscerated; eviscerating

transitive verb

1
a
: to take out the entrails of : disembowel
b
: to deprive of vital content or force
2
: to remove an organ from (a patient) or the contents of (an organ)

intransitive verb

: to protrude through a surgical incision or suffer protrusion of a part through an incision
evisceration noun

Examples of eviscerate in a Sentence

the ancient Egyptians would eviscerate the bodies of the dead as part of the process of mummifying them
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Word History

Etymology

Latin evisceratus, past participle of eviscerare, from e- + viscera viscera

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of eviscerate was in 1599

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Cite this Entry

“Eviscerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eviscerate. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

eviscerate

verb
evis·​cer·​ate i-ˈvis-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce eviscerate (audio)
eviscerated; eviscerating
: to take out the internal organs of
evisceration noun

Medical Definition

eviscerate

verb
evis·​cer·​ate i-ˈvis-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce eviscerate (audio)
eviscerated; eviscerating

transitive verb

1
: to remove the viscera of
2
: to remove an organ from (a patient) or the contents of (an organ)

intransitive verb

: to protrude through a surgical incision or suffer protrusion of a part through an incision

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