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[verb ih-noo-klee-eyt, ih-nyoo-; adjective ih-noo-klee-it, -eyt, ih-nyoo-] /verb ɪˈnu kliˌeɪt, ɪˈnyu-; adjective ɪˈnu kli ɪt, -ˌeɪt, ɪˈnyu-/

verb (used with object), enucleated, enucleating.
Biology. to deprive of the nucleus.
to remove (a kernel, tumor, eyeball, etc.) from its enveloping cover.
Archaic. to bring out; disclose; explain.
having no nucleus.
verb (transitive) (ɪˈnjuːklɪˌeɪt)
(biology) to remove the nucleus from (a cell)
(surgery) to remove (a tumour or other structure) from its capsule without rupturing it
(archaic) to explain or disclose
adjective (ɪˈnjuːklɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
(of cells) deprived of their nuclei

1640s, from verb enucleate (1540s), from Latin enucleatus “pure, clean,” past participle of enucleare “to lay open, explain in detail,” literally “to remove the kernel of” (see ex- + nucleus). Mostly figurative in Latin (the notion is of getting at the “core” of some matter); until mid-19c. advances in science and medicine, usually figurative in English.

enucleate e·nu·cle·ate (ĭ-nōō’klē-āt’, ĭ-nyōō’-)
v. e·nu·cle·at·ed, e·nu·cle·at·ing, e·nu·cle·ates

adj. (-ĭt, -āt’)
Lacking a nucleus.e·nu’cle·a’tion n.


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