de·​bride·​ment | \ di-ˈbrēd-mənt How to pronounce debridement (audio) , dā-, -ˌmänt, dā-brēd-ˈmäⁿ How to pronounce debridement (audio) \

Definition of debridement

: the usually surgical removal of lacerated, devitalized, or contaminated tissue

Other Words from debridement

debride \ di-​ˈbrēd How to pronounce debridement (audio) , dā-​ How to pronounce debridement (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of debridement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Left-handed reliever Victor González is set to undergo an arthroscopic surgery — also known as a scope — on his elbow Wednesday to remove debridement. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2022 Briefly: Outfielder Cody Thomas is in a walking boot after surgery involving a debridement of his Achilles tendon and heel and is starting six weeks of strength work, Paparesta said. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Mar. 2022 Forward Felipe Mora underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on his left knee, the Timbers announced Friday. oregonlive, 18 Feb. 2022 Season-ending knee surgery (patellar tendon debridement) in April robbed him of the final 27 games. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 9 Oct. 2021 Within days, Riley underwent two debridement procedures for his hands, chest and legs. Gabrielle Chung,, 30 Sep. 2021 Patients undergo surgery to remove infected tissue in a procedure known as debridement. Esha Mitra, CNN, 24 July 2021 The procedure, known as debridement, was necessary because of an infection during her stay as a resident at Addison Pointe, a nursing home in Chesterton. Tony Cook, The Indianapolis Star, 20 May 2019 The procedure involved debridement of Puk’s labrum and rotator cuff and a clean-out of his shoulder because of bursitis, Paparesta said. Matt Kawahara,, 18 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of debridement

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for debridement

French débridement, from débrider to remove adhesions, literally, to unbridle, from Middle French desbrider, from des- de- + bride bridle, from Middle High German brīdel — more at bridle

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“Debridement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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de·​bride·​ment | \ di-ˈbrēd-mənt How to pronounce debridement (audio) , dā- How to pronounce debridement (audio) , -ˌmänt, -ˌmäⁿ \

Medical Definition of debridement

: the usually surgical removal of lacerated, devitalized, or contaminated tissue

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