eviscerate[ē vis′ər āt′, i-]
- To eviscerate is defined as to take out body organs, or to remove the essential part of something.
- When a kidney is removed, this is an example of a time when a surgeon eviscerates the kidney.
- When a compromise about a law essentially renders the law useless by removing all of the essential elements of the original law, this is an example of when the law is eviscerated.
transitive verbeviscerated, eviscerating
- to remove the viscera from; disembowel
- to deprive of an essential part; take away the force, significance, etc. of
- Surgery to remove the contents of (an organ)
Origin of eviscerate; from Classical Latin evisceratus, past participle of eviscerare ; from e-, out + viscera, viscera
- to protrude through a surgical incision or deep wound: said as of the viscera
- to experience such a protrusion
verbe·vis·cer·at·ed, e·vis·cer·at·ing, e·vis·cer·ates
- To remove the entrails of; disembowel.
- To take away a vital or essential part of; weaken, damage, or destroy: a compromise that eviscerated the proposed bill.
- Medicine a. To remove the contents of (an organ).b. To remove an organ, such as an eye, from (a patient).
verb, intransitive Medicine
Origin of eviscerateLatin ēviscerāre, ēviscerāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + viscera, internal organs; see viscera.
(third-person singular simple present eviscerates, present participle eviscerating, simple past and past participle eviscerated)