de·​cor·​ti·​ca·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌkȯr-tə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce decortication (audio) \

Definition of decortication

1 : the act or process of removing the outer coverings (such as bark or husks) from something (such as fiber or seed)
2 : the surgical removal of the outer layer or covering of an organ or structure (such as the brain or a kidney)

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Other Words from decortication

decorticate \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈkȯr-​tə-​ˌkāt How to pronounce decortication (audio) \ transitive verb
decorticator \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈkȯr-​tə-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce decortication (audio) \ noun

Examples of decortication in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From there, the fiber, which comprises roughly 25% of the hemp stalk, is isolated and removed in a process called decortication. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Dallas-based Panda Biotech to develop nation’s largest hemp processing facility in Wichita Falls," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of decortication

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decortication

Latin decortication-, decorticatio, from decorticare to remove the bark from, from de- + cortic-, cortex bark — more at cuirass

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The first known use of decortication was circa 1623

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“Decortication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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de·​cor·​ti·​ca·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌkȯrt-i-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce decortication (audio) \

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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