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)
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
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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