transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- Archaic to make clear; explain
- Biol. to remove the nucleus from (a cell)
- Surgery to remove (a tumor, organ, etc.) as a whole from its enclosing sac
Origin of enucleatefrom Classical Latin enucleatus, past participle of enucleare, to remove kernels from e-, out + nucleus: see nucleus
transitive verbe·nu·cle·at·ed, e·nu·cle·at·ing, e·nu·cle·ates
- Medicine To remove (a tumor or eye, for example) whole from an enveloping cover or sac.
- Biology To remove the nucleus of.
- Archaic To explain; elucidate.
Origin of enucleateLatin ēnucleāre ēnucleāt- to take out the kernel ē-, ex- ex- nucleus kernel ; see nucleus .
(third-person singular simple present enucleates, present participle enucleating, simple past and past participle enucleated)
- Enucleated, having no nucleus.
- (biology) A cell which has been enucleated
From e- + nucleus + -ate