de·​bride·​ment di-ˈbrēd-mənt How to pronounce debridement (audio)
dā-brēd-ˈmäⁿ How to pronounce debridement (audio)
: the usually surgical removal of lacerated, devitalized, or contaminated tissue
debride transitive verb

Examples of debridement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once the life and limb threatening injuries were addressed, debridement and washout of the knee wound was performed. Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 Removal of Tissue Removal of necrotic tissue (aka surgical debridement) prevents the spread of infection. Cara Beth Lee, Verywell Health, 4 Jan. 2024 Open knee injuries require thorough debridement washout and joint assessment. Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 Taylor underwent an arthroscopic debridement, which is a clean-up procedure that carries a two- to four-week return-to-play timeline, a source with knowledge of these procedures told IndyStar. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Aug. 2023 The running back, who had never missed a game due to injury before the 2022 season, underwent an arthroscopic debridement in the offseason, a procedure designed to clean up the ankle joint and help a player return to full strength. The Indianapolis Star, 29 Aug. 2023 The patient required a prolonged stay with multiple debridements, or procedures to remove dead tissue, open abdomen, and skin grafting, according to Grawe's notice of suspension. Max Filby, USA TODAY, 12 July 2023 Taylor is also still on the active/physically unable to perform list due to the ankle injury that ended his season prematurely a year ago and forced him to undergo an arthroscopic debridement in January. The Indianapolis Star, 8 Aug. 2023 Patients were treated with either free-range or contained maggot debridement therapy according to maggot availability, dressing difficulty, and physician preference. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 16 Nov. 2010 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of debridement was circa 1842

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“Debridement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


de·​bride·​ment di-ˈbrēd-mənt How to pronounce debridement (audio) dā- How to pronounce debridement (audio)
: the usually surgical removal of lacerated, devitalized, or contaminated tissue

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