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obliterate

(ə-blĭt′ə-rāt′, ō-blĭt′-)
tr.v. obliter·ated, obliter·ating, obliter·ates
Medicine To remove completely (a body organ or part), as by surgery, disease, or radiation.

o·blit′er·a′tion n.
o·blit′er·a′tive (-ə-rā′tĭv, -ər-ə-tĭv) adj.
o·blit′er·a′tor n.
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[5] However, most if not all examples of appendiceal luminal obliteration appears to be caused by a neurogenic occlusive proliferation called neurogenic hyperplasia or neurogenic appendicopathyJ [6,7,8, 9] When this process obliterates the lumen, the lesion may be called an axial neuroma.
Should the West ban clothing which obliterates a woman's identity--or is it religiously intolerant and anti-woman to do so?
A good hosing from a maintenance man or a downpour from Mother Nature quickly obliterates whatever the message, be it carefully crafted or impulsively inscribed.