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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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With the war in Iraq taking a turn for the worse as more attacks target US forces there each day, the element of terrorism had to be revisited, by ballooning the Zarqawi saga as decapitators were shown hacking off the heads of American hostages on the web.