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 for extirpation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Extirpation \Ex`tir*pa"tion\, n. [L. extirpatio, exstirpatio:
     cf. F. extirpation.]
     The act of extirpating or rooting out, or the state of being
     extirpated; eradication; excision; total destruction; as, the
     extirpation of weeds from land, of evil from the heart, of a
     race of men, of heresy.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  extirpation
      n 1: surgical removal of a body part or tissue [syn: ablation,
           extirpation, cutting out, excision]
      2: the act of pulling up or out; uprooting; cutting off from
         existence [syn: extirpation, excision, deracination]

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