Ablate Definition

ablated, ablates, ablating
To remove, as by surgery.
Webster's New World
To undergo ablation.
Webster's New World
To wear away, melt, or vaporize (surface material) by entering into or passing through the atmosphere at supersonic speed.
Webster's New World
To wear away, as by erosion.
Webster's New World
To remove or destroy the function of (a body organ or tissue).
American Heritage Medicine

Origin of Ablate

  • From Latin ablatum past participle of auferre (“to remove”); au- (“away”) + ferre (“to carry”). First attested in the 1500s, it became obsolete by the early 1600s. Came back into use as a back-formation from ablation.

    From Wiktionary

  • Back-formation from ablation

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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