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[ik-steer-ee-uh-rahyz] /ɪkˈstɪər i əˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), exteriorized, exteriorizing.
to make exterior; externalize.
Surgery. to expose (an internal structure) temporarily outside the body, for observation, surgery, or experimentation.
Also, especially British, exteriorise.
Origin of exteriorize
1875-80; exterior + -ize
Related forms
exteriorization, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for exteriorize


verb (transitive)
(surgery) to expose (an attached organ or part) outside a body cavity, esp in order to remove it from an operating area
another word for externalize
Derived Forms
exteriorization, exteriorisation, noun
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exteriorize in Medicine

exteriorize ex·te·ri·or·ize (ĭk-stēr'ē-ə-rīz')
v. ex·te·ri·or·ized, ex·te·ri·or·iz·ing, ex·te·ri·or·iz·es

  1. To turn outward; externalize.

  2. To direct a patient's interest, thoughts, or feelings into a channel leading outside himself or herself.

  3. To expose an internal organ temporarily for observation, or permanently for physiological experiment or surgery.

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