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de·cap·i·tate

(dē-kap'i-tāt),
1. To cut off the head; specifically, to remove the head of a fetus to facilitate deivery in cases of irremediable dystocia, obsolete procedure; to cut off the head of an animal in preparation for certain physiologic experiments.
2. Relating to an experimental animal with the head removed.
[L. de-, away, + caput, head]