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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]
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In locations where the decapitating flies were present, observations were interrupted as soon as one or more decapitating flies were confirmed.
Jobless King, formerly of Main Street, Barrhill, admitted stealing the lamb in March, beating, torturing it and striking it with an axe before decapitating it.
A man tied a rope around his neck and attached it to a telegraph pole before driving off in his car and decapitating himself, an inquest heard yesterday.
Sometimes the least expensive tree trimmer doesn't know this and lops off whatever is convenient, encouraging the tree to grow out unattractively, or wounding the tree and leaving it vulnerable to insect attack, or worse, decapitating a tree that grows from a single growth shoot, and condemning it to death.
Bradshaw, 32, and Liverpool, 35, are said to have planned to dump the singer's body in a river after decapitating her.
THREE thugs smoked dope from a dead child's skull after digging up the body and decapitating it.
She had stabbed him before decapitating and skinning him.
CSUN's athletic program has had a rocky history, including fumbling the football program, nearly decapitating women's and other sports to pay for football, problems with coaches and controversy over building a football stadium.
He is shown falling and decapitating himself on some railings.