decortication


de·cor·ti·ca·tion

noun \(ˌ)dē-ˌkr-tə-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of DECORTICATION

1
:  the act or process of removing the outer coverings (as bark or husks) from something (as fiber or seed)
2
:  the surgical removal of the outer layer or covering of an organ or structure (as the brain or a kidney)
de·cor·ti·cate \(ˌ)dē-ˈkr-tə-ˌkāt\ transitive verb
de·cor·ti·cat·or \-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Origin of DECORTICATION

Latin decortication-, decorticatio, from decorticare to remove the bark from, from de- + cortic-, cortex bark — more at cuirass
First Known Use: circa 1623

de·cor·ti·ca·tion

noun \(ˌ)dē-ˌkrt-i-ˈkā-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DECORTICATION

: the surgical removal of the cortex of an organ, an enveloping membrane, or a constrictive fibrinous covering <the decortication of a lung>

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