[ig-zoom, -zyoom, eks-hyoom]
verb (used with object), exhumed, exhuming.
to dig (something buried, especially a dead body) out of the earth; disinter.
to revive or restore after neglect or a period of forgetting; bring to light: to exhume a literary reputation; to exhume old letters.

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin exhumāre, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + humāre to inter

exhumation [eks-hyoo-mey-shuhn] , noun
exhumer, noun
unexhumed, adjective
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exhume (ɛksˈhjuːm)
1.  to dig up (something buried, esp a corpse); disinter
2.  to reveal; disclose; unearth: don't exhume that old argument
[C18: from Medieval Latin exhumāre, from Latin ex-1 + humāre to bury, from humus the ground]

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Word Origin & History

1783, from Fr. exhumer, from M.L. exhumare, from L. ex- "out of" + humare "bury," from humus "earth." An earlier form was exhumate (1540s), taken directly from the M.L. Related: Exhumed; exhuming
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Example sentences
Among the stranger pursuits of science these days is the effort to exhume dead
It would be possible to exhume the body and search for hantavirus rna.
Unable to collect any pension money without that card, the widow attempts to
  exhume the body.
Someone who not only knows where the bodies are buried but also knows how to
  exhume them.
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