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Pronunciation: e-vis'er-a'shun


  1. The process whereby tissue or organs that usually reside within a body cavity are displaced outside that cavity, usually through a traumatic disruption of the wall of the cavity; evisceration of bowel.
  2. Removal of the contents of the eyeball, leaving the sclera and sometimes the cornea.

Synonym(s): exenteration

[L. eviscero, to disembowel]

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