1. To cut off the head; specifically, to remove the head of a fetus to facilitate delivery in cases of irremediable dystocia; to cut off the head of an animal in preparation for certain physiologic experiments; obsolete term. 2. Relating to an experimental animal with the head removed. [L. de-, away, + caput, head]

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de·cap·i·tate di-'kap-ə-.tāt vt, -tat·ed; -tat·ing to cut off the head of
de·cap·i·ta·tion -.kap-ə-'tā-shən n
de·cap·i·tate -ə-.tāt, -ət-ət adj relating to or being a decapitated experimental animal

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