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enucleation

n.

1. the removal of an entire organic structure, such as a tumor or a bodily organ, without damaging the surrounding structure. Enucleation often refers to the removal of an eyeball in which the optic nerve and connective eye muscles have been severed so that the eye can be removed wholly and cleanly. See also autoenucleation.

2. the destruction or removal of the nucleus of a cell.

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