from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Medicine To remove (a tumor or eye, for example) whole from an enveloping cover or sac.
  • transitive v. Biology To remove the nucleus of.
  • transitive v. Archaic To explain; elucidate.
  • adj. Biology Lacking a nucleus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove the nucleus from (a cell).
  • v. To remove; especially, to remove or gouge out (an eyeball or tumor).
  • v. To remove something; especially, to remove an eyeball or tumor.
  • n. A cell which has been enucleated

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bring or peel out, as a kernel from its enveloping husks its enveloping husks or shell.
  • transitive v. To remove without cutting (as a tumor).
  • transitive v. To bring to light; to make clear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To remove (a body, as a kernel, seed, tumor, the eyeball, etc.) from its cover, case, capsule, or other envelop.
  • Figuratively, to lay open; disclose; explain; manifest.
  • Having no nucleus.
  • In cytology, to deprive (the cell) of its nucleus; to denucleate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. remove the nucleus from (a cell)
  • v. remove (a tumor or eye) from an enveloping sac or cover


Latin ēnucleāre, ēnucleāt-, to take out the kernel : ē-, ex-, ex- + nucleus, kernel; see nucleus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From e- + nucleus + -ate (Wiktionary)



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