Meaning of ablate

ab•late

Pronunciation: (a-blāt'), [key]
— v., -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to remove or dissipate by melting, vaporization, erosion, etc.: to ablate a metal surface with intense heat.
—v.i.
  1. to become ablated; undergo ablation.
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