e·nu·cle·ate (ĭ-nklē-āt′, ĭ-ny-)
tr.v. e·nu·cle·at·ed, e·nu·cle·at·ing, e·nu·cle·ates
1. Medicine To remove (a tumor or eye, for example) whole from an enveloping cover or sac.
2. Biology To remove the nucleus of.
3. Archaic To explain; elucidate.
adj. (-ĭt, -āt′)
Lacking a nucleus.
[Latin ēnucleāre, ēnucleāt-, to take out the kernel : ē-, ex-, ex- + nucleus, kernel; see NUCLEUS.]
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