Ablate meaning

ă-blāt
To remove or destroy the function of (a body organ or tissue).
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To remove by erosion, melting, evaporation, or vaporization.
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To become ablated; undergo ablation.
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To remove, as by surgery.
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To wear away, melt, or vaporize (surface material) by entering into or passing through the atmosphere at supersonic speed.
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To wear away, as by erosion.
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To undergo ablation.
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To remove or destroy the function of (a body organ or tissue).
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To remove by erosion, melting, evaporation, or vaporization.
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To become ablated; undergo ablation.
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To remove or decrease something by cutting, erosion, melting, evaporation, or vaporization. [Late 15th century.]
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(intransitive) To undergo ablation; to become melted or evaporated and removed at a high temperature. [Mid 20th century.]
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Origin of ablate

  • Back-formation from ablation

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

  • 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