obliteration

[uh-blit-uh-rey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of obliterating or the state of being obliterated.
2.
Pathology, Surgery. the removal of a part as a result of disease or surgery.

Origin:
1650–60; < Latin oblitterātiōn- (stem of oblitterātiō), equivalent to oblitterāt(us) (see obliterate) + -iōn- -ion

obliterative [uh-blit-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] , adjective
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obliterate (əˈblɪtəˌreɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to destroy every trace of; wipe out completely
 
[C16: from Latin oblitterāre to erase, from ob- out + littera letter]
 
oblite'ration
 
n
 
o'bliterative
 
adj
 
o'bliterator
 
n

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obliteration
1650s, from L.L. obliterationem, noun of action from obliterare (see obliterate).
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