What does Castration mean?

Castration meaning in General Dictionary

The act of castrating

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  • neutering a male animal by removing the testicles
  • surgical removal associated with testes or ovaries (usually to inhibit hormone release in cases of breast cancer in females or prostate cancer tumors in men)
  • the removal of objectionable components from a literary work
  • The act of castrating.

Castration meaning in Medical Dictionary

treatment or destruction of intercourse glands. The term is generally used in mention of the the testicles, but it also can put on to the ovaries.


Castration meaning in Etymology Dictionary

very early 15c., castracioun, from Latin castrationem (nominative castratio), noun of action from previous participle stem of castrare "to castrate, emasculate," supposedly from a noun *castrum "knife, tool that cuts," from PIE root *kes- "to reduce" (see caste). Freud's castration complex is attested from 1914 in English (translating German Kastrationsangst).