Definition of exenterate in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is essential to completely exenterate the cells of the mastoid before the clot is attempted.’
    disembowel, eviscerate, draw, dress, clean, remove the innards from, remove the guts from
    View synonyms


Early 17th century: from Latin exenterat- ‘disembowelled’, from the verb exenterare, from ex- ‘out’ + Greek enteron ‘intestine’.