decompensation

noun

de·​com·​pen·​sa·​tion (ˌ)dē-ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce decompensation (audio)
-ˌpen-
: loss of physiological or psychological compensation
especially : inability of the heart to maintain adequate circulation
decompensate verb

Examples of decompensation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The doctor suggested that Rupard’s psychiatric history and potential for decompensation called for monitoring and treatment — with follow up in six or seven weeks. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Mar. 2023 Stateless tracks her decompensation through fragmented flashbacks and hallucinations, but Strahovski resists the temptation to go For-Your-Consideration big. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 2 July 2020

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First Known Use

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of decompensation was circa 1903

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“Decompensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decompensation. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

decompensation

noun
de·​com·​pen·​sa·​tion (ˌ)dē-ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən, -pen- How to pronounce decompensation (audio)
: loss of physiological compensation or psychological balance
especially : inability of the heart to maintain adequate circulation
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