enucleate

enucleate

[v. ih-noo-klee-eyt, ih-nyoo-; adj. ih-noo-klee-it, -eyt, ih-nyoo-]
verb (used with object), enucleated, enucleating.
1.
Biology. to deprive of the nucleus.
2.
to remove (a kernel, tumor, eyeball, etc.) from its enveloping cover.
3.
Archaic. to bring out; disclose; explain.
adjective
4.
having no nucleus.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin ēnucleātus (past participle of ēnucleāre to remove the pit from (fruit)), equivalent to ē- e-1 + nucle(us) nucleus + -ātus -ate1

enucleation, noun
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enucleate
 
vb
1.  biology to remove the nucleus from (a cell)
2.  surgery to remove (a tumour or other structure) from its capsule without rupturing it
3.  archaic to explain or disclose
 
adj
4.  (of cells) deprived of their nuclei
 
[C16: from Latin ēnūcleāre to remove the kernel, from nūcleus kernel]
 
enucle'ation
 
n

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enucleate e·nu·cle·ate (ĭ-nōō'klē-āt', ĭ-nyōō'-)
v. e·nu·cle·at·ed, e·nu·cle·at·ing, e·nu·cle·ates

  1. To remove something, such as a tumor or an eye, whole and without rupture from an enveloping cover or sac.

  2. To remove the nucleus of a cell.

adj. (-ĭt, -āt')
Lacking a nucleus.
e·nu'cle·a'tion n.
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