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e·nu·cle·ate  audio  (-nkl-t, -ny-) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
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.
ADJECTIVE:
Biology (-t, -t)
Lacking a nucleus.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin nuclere, nuclet-, to take out the kernel : -, ex-, ex- + nucleus, kernel ; see nucleus

OTHER FORMS:
e·nucle·ation(Noun), e·nucle·ator(Noun)


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