decompression

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de·com·pres·sion

noun \-ˈpresh-ən\

Definition of DECOMPRESSION

: the act or process of releasing from pressure or compression: as a : reduction of pressure: (1) : the decrease of ambient air pressure experienced in an air lock on return to atmospheric pressure after a period of breathing compressed air (as in a diving bell or caisson) or experienced in ascent to a great altitude without a pressure suit or pressurized cabin (2) : the decrease of water pressure experienced by a diver when ascending rapidly b : an operation or technique used to relieve pressure upon an organ (as in fractures of the skull or spine) or within a hollow organ (as in intestinal obstruction)

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