dis- + embody
disembody (third-person singular simple present disembodies, present participle disembodying, simple past and past participle disembodied)
- To cause someone's soul, spirit, consciousness, voice, etc, to become separated from the physical body.
- To separate (a part of the body) from the body.
1982, William Buchan, John Buchan: a memoir, page 109:
- "[he] wore the high, stiff collars which were the fashion of the day: in pictures these tend to disembody his head, making him look constrained, uncomfortable, yet they remained his choice."
2015, Marlys Millhiser, Nightmare Country, →ISBN:
- Jerusha turned, a flush on her cheeks that wasn't makeup, a swath of steam from the vaporizer swirling around her chest, disembodying her head.
- To discharge from military service or array.
to cause one's soul, spirit, or consciousness to become separated from the physical body