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[v. ih-vis-uh-reyt; adj. ih-vis-er-it, -uh-reyt] /v. ɪˈvɪs əˌreɪt; adj. ɪˈvɪs ər ɪt, -əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), eviscerated, eviscerating.
to remove the entrails from; disembowel:
to eviscerate a chicken.
to deprive of vital or essential parts:
The censors eviscerated the book to make it inoffensive to the leaders of the party.
Surgery. to remove the contents of (a body organ).
Origin of eviscerate
1600-10; < Latin ēviscerātus, past participle of ēviscerāre to deprive of entrails, tear to pieces, equivalent to ē- e-1 + viscer(a) viscera + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
evisceration, noun
eviscerator, noun
uneviscerated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for evisceration
  • The evisceration of their wealth may have led people to look for work rather than retire or stay at home with the children.
  • More typically, food packets were stuffed into birds' body cavities following evisceration.
  • Sent apology email offering public self-evisceration.
  • The latter is sufficient for one, therefor sufficient for even an abdominal evisceration.
  • In evisceration, the birds are rehung on shackles which carry them to one of three evisceration lines.
British Dictionary definitions for evisceration


(transitive) to remove the internal organs of; disembowel
(transitive) to deprive of meaning or significance
(transitive) (surgery) to remove the contents of (the eyeball or other organ)
(intransitive) (surgery) (of the viscera) to protrude through a weakened abdominal incision after an operation
having been disembowelled
Derived Forms
evisceration, noun
eviscerator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēviscerāre to disembowel, from viscera entrails
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Word Origin and History for evisceration



c.1600 (figurative); 1620s (literal), from Latin evisceratus, past participle of eviscerare "to disembowel," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + viscera "internal organs." Sometimes used 17c. in figurative sense of "to bring out the deepest secrets of." Related: Eviscerated; eviscerating.

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evisceration in Medicine

evisceration e·vis·cer·a·tion (ĭ-vĭs'ə-rā'shən)

  1. Removal of the contents of the eyeball, leaving the sclera and sometimes the cornea.

  2. See exenteration.

  3. Protrusion of the abdominal viscera, as through a defect created by wound dehiscence.

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