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enucleate

[v. ih-noo-klee-eyt, ih-nyoo-; adj. ih-noo-klee-it, -eyt, ih-nyoo-] /v. ɪˈnu kliˌeɪt, ɪˈnyu-; adj. ɪˈnu kli ɪt, -ˌeɪt, ɪˈnyu-/
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
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin ēnucleātus (past participle of ēnucleāre to remove the pit from (fruit)), equivalent to ē- e-1 + nucle(us) nucleus + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
enucleation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for enucleate

enucleate

verb (transitive) (ɪˈnjuːklɪˌeɪt)
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
adjective (ɪˈnjuːklɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
4.
(of cells) deprived of their nuclei
Derived Forms
enucleation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēnūcleāre to remove the kernel, from nūcleus kernel
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enucleate in Medicine

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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