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Definition of Ablate

Ablate: To remove. A tumor may be ablated. To ablate the thyroid gland is to remove it. The word "ablation" came from the Latin "ablatum" meaning to carry away.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 10/30/2013

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