One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Remove the contents of (part of the body); eviscerate.
disembowel, eviscerate, draw, dress, clean, remove the innards from, remove the guts fromView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘He completely exenterates the ethmoid labyrinth.’
- ‘The body was then exenterated and the heart burnt.’
- ‘It is essential to completely exenterate the cells of the mastoid before the clot is attempted.’
- ‘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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