Definition of exenterate in English:



[with object]formal
  • Remove the contents of (part of the body); eviscerate.

    • ‘He completely exenterates the ethmoid labyrinth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is essential to completely exenterate the cells of the mastoid before the clot is attempted.’
    • ‘The body was then exenterated and the heart burnt.’
    • ‘The debris will pile up as one works back and detract from one's security while exenterating the posterior cells.’
    disembowel, eviscerate, draw, dress, clean, remove the innards from, remove the guts from
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Early 17th century: from Latin exenterat- ‘disembowelled’, from the verb exenterare, from ex- ‘out’ + Greek enteron ‘intestine’.