verb (used with object), e·nu·cle·at·ed, e·nu·cle·at·ing.

  1. Biology. to deprive of the nucleus.
  2. to remove (a kernel, tumor, eyeball, etc.) from its enveloping cover.
  3. Archaic. to bring out; disclose; explain.


  1. having no nucleus.

verb (ɪˈnjuːklɪˌeɪt) (tr)

  1. biology to remove the nucleus from (a cell)
  2. surgery to remove (a tumour or other structure) from its capsule without rupturing it
  3. archaic to explain or disclose

adjective (ɪˈnjuːklɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)

  1. (of cells) deprived of their nuclei


  1. To remove something, such as a tumor or an eye, whole and without rupture from an enveloping cover or sac.
  2. To remove the nucleus of a cell.


  1. Lacking a nucleus.
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