from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Medicine To excise, amputate, or otherwise destroy the biological function of (a body tissue, for example).
- transitive v. To remove by erosion, melting, evaporation, or vaporization.
- intransitive v. To become ablated; undergo ablation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take away; remove.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. remove an organ or bodily structure
- v. wear away through erosion or vaporization
The base of Orion's heat shield will endure the most heat and will erode away or "ablate" in a controlled fashion - transporting heat away during the descent through the atmosphere.
Orion's heat shield, the dish-shaped thermal protection system at the base of the spacecraft, will endure the most heat and will erode, or "ablate," in a controlled fashion, transporting heat away from the crew module during its descent through the atmosphere.
Dr. Boothe the excimer laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove ( "ablate") very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it.
So very tired, yet we tried ... to ablate the tide.
Medtronic has said that its Cardioblate devices received FDA approval to "ablate cardiac tissue" and "ablate soft tissue" during "general surgery" or "cardiac surgery."
Then they insert devices that use intense cold or heat generated by radio waves to cauterize, or ablate, tissue thought to be responsible for the electrical impulses causing the erratic heartbeat.
Having a great partner to ablate stress daily, and to depend on for her incredible expertise and common sense honed carefully in this area, is clearly a magnificent way to help life be better—thank you, Nancy.
Hydra are wonderful experimental animals in that one can ablate stem cells for a particular tissue type, and still get an animal that develops and lives; do the same thing to a vertebrate, for instance knocking out the mesodermal lineage in the embryo, and you get an aborted blob.
But as a frustrated neuroscientist, I have long enjoyed this question: If we could surgically or chemically ablate toxic memory, should we?
LALA: That's completely different, because there are studies that show that Diprivan may help ablate migraine headaches.