One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Remove (body tissue) surgically.‘therapeutic intervention to ablate existing cancer cells’
2Gradually remove material from or erode (a surface or object) by melting, evaporation, frictional action, etc., or erode (material) in this way.‘drying winds slowly ablate away the ice’‘the laser beam can ablate solid rock from seven metres away’
Late 15th century (in the general sense ‘take away, remove’): from Latin ablat- ‘taken away’ (see ablation).
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