ex·​en·​ter·​ate ig-ˈzen-tə-ˌrāt How to pronounce exenterate (audio)
exenterated; exenterating

transitive verb

: to remove the contents of (something, such as the orbit, pelvis, or a sinus)
exenteration noun

Word History


Latin exenteratus, past participle of exenterare to disembowel, modification of Greek exenterizein, from ex- + enteron intestine — more at inter-

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exenterate was in 1607

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Cite this Entry

“Exenterate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exenterate. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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