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[ep-uh-leyt] /ˈɛp əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), epilated, epilating.
to remove (hair) from by means of physical, chemical, or radiological agents; depilate.
1885-90; < French épil(er) (< Latin ē- e-1 + pil(us) hair + -er infinitive suffix) + -ate1
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epilation, noun
epilator, noun Unabridged
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  • In many endemic regions the uptake of surgery is low, with many patients preferring to epilate for mild disease.
British Dictionary definitions for epilate


(transitive) (rare) to remove hair from
Derived Forms
epilation, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French épiler (modelled on dépilerdepilate) + -ate1
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epilate in Medicine

epilate ep·i·late (ěp'ə-lāt')
v. ep·i·lat·ed, ep·i·lat·ing, ep·i·lates
To remove a hair from a part of the body by forcible extraction, electrolysis, or loosening at the root by chemical means.

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