verb (used with object), de·ner·vat·ed, de·ner·vat·ing. Surgery.
- to cut off the nerve supply from (an organ or body part) by surgery or anesthetic block.
- (tr) to deprive (a tissue or organ) of its nerve supply
- To deprive an organ or body part of a nerve supply, as by surgically removing or cutting a nerve or by blocking a nerve connection with drugs.