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CASTRATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does castration mean? 

CASTRATION (noun)
  The noun CASTRATION has 3 senses:

1. neutering a male animal by removing the testicles
2. surgical removal of the testes or ovaries (usually to inhibit hormone secretion in cases of breast cancer in women or prostate cancer in men)
3. the deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work

  Familiarity information: CASTRATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CASTRATION (noun)


Sense 1castration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Neutering a male animal by removing the testicles

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

castration; emasculation

Hypernyms ("castration" is a kind of...):

altering; fixing; neutering (the sterilization of an animal)


Sense 2castration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Surgical removal of the testes or ovaries (usually to inhibit hormone secretion in cases of breast cancer in women or prostate cancer in men)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

bilateral castration results in sterilization

Hypernyms ("castration" is a kind of...):

operation; surgery; surgical operation; surgical procedure; surgical process (a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body)


Sense 3castration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

expurgation; castration

Hypernyms ("castration" is a kind of...):

deletion (the act of deleting something written or printed)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "castration"):

bowdlerisation; bowdlerization (the act of deleting or modifying all passages considered to be indecent)


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