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ablate

ab·late

ablate

pronunciation:
bleIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ablates, ablating, ablated
definition: to wear away or otherwise remove (a surface), as by heat or erosion.
Heat will be used to ablate the tumor.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become ablated.
Word Parts
The word ablate contains the following parts:
ab-, abs- Latin prefix that means from, away from
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Most words containing the prefix ab- , abs- are Latin loanwords, so the bases are Latin roots. ab- becomes abs- before bases beginning with "t," such as "tract."
fer, lat2, -late Latin root that means carry, bring
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See also -iferous and -fic