Learn English – Word for destroying someone’s heart physically


For example, decapitate means to cut off someone's head.

Is there a word that means to rip out someone's heart or destroy a heart?

Best Answer

Perhaps there is no really appropriate single word commonly accepted for what you seek, and you should simply use the phrases 'heart removal' or 'heart extraction', which are the terms used on Wikipedia's page on human sacrifice in Maya culture. However, there are terms used in medicine that may be of interest to you.

Mosby's Medical Dictionary lists 'cardiectomy' to mean 'removal of the heart' or 'removal of the cardiac portion of the stomach'. The Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health lists 'cardiocentesis' as 'surgical puncture or incision of the heart'.