decortication

noun de·cor·ti·ca·tion \ (ˌ)dē-ˌkȯr-tə-ˈkā-shən \

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)

decorticate

play \(ˌ)dē-ˈkȯr-tə-ˌkāt\ transitive verb

decorticator

play \-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Origin and Etymology of decortication

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


Medical Dictionary

decortication

noun de·cor·ti·ca·tion \ (ˌ)dē-ˌkȯrt-i-ˈkā-shən \

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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