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early 15c. (implied in denuded), from Middle French dénuder, from Latin denudare "to lay bare, strip; uncover, expose," from de- "away" (see de-) + nudare "to strip," from nudus "naked, bare" (see naked). Related: Denuding.
denude de·nude (dĭ-nōōd', -nyōōd')v. de·nud·ed, de·nud·ing, de·nudes To divest of a covering, as myelin.