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Pronunciation: e-nu'kle-a'shun


  1. Removal of an entire structure (such as an eyeball or tumor), without rupture, as one shells the kernel of a nut.
  2. Removal or destruction of the nucleus of a cell.

[L. enucleo, to remove the kernel, fr. e, out, + nucleus, nut, kernel]

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