verb[with object] formal
Remove the contents of (part of the body); eviscerate.
- It is essential to completely exenterate the cells of the mastoid before the clot is attempted.
- They alighted out of the coach and went into a poor woman's house at the bottom of Highgate hill, and bought a fowl, and made the woman exenterate it.
- The debris will pile up as one works back and detract from one's security while exenterating the posterior cells.
Early 17th century: from Latin exenterat- 'disembowelled', from the verb exenterare, from ex- 'out' + Greek enteron 'intestine'.
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