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eviscerate adj : having been disembowelled


1 surgically remove a part of a structure or an organ [syn: resect]
2 remove the contents of; "eviscerate the stomach"
3 remove the entrails of; "draw a chicken" [syn: disembowel, draw]
4 take away a vital or essential part of; "the compromise among the parties eviscerated the bill that had been proposed"

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From evisceratus, past participle of eviscerare.


  1. To disembowel, to remove the viscera.
  2. To destroy or make ineffectual or meaningless.
    ''The statement by the Trial Court, informing the accused that he had the option either to make a plea of not guilty, or if he made an insanity plea, upon conviction, to be put under a punishment for an enormously long period of time far in excess of that which he would be penalized by a conviction, was, in my opinion, an effective evisceration of the accused's rights under the law. –Phillis 22 in Paul Robinson's Instrument of God.''
  3. Elicit the essence of.
  4. In the context of "transitive|surgery": Remove the contents of an eyeball.
  5. In the context of "intransitive|of viscera": to protrude through a surgical incision.


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Verb form

  1. second-person plural indicative present of eviscerare
  2. second-person plural imperative of eviscerare

Extensive Definition

Evisceration is the removal of viscera, (internal organs, especially those in the abdominal cavity). This can refer to:

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