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

epilation ep·i·la·tion (ěp'ə-lā'shən)
The act or result of removing hair, as by mechanical or chemical means. Also called depilation.

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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