Definition of decompensation in English:


Syllabification: de·com·pen·sa·tion
Pronunciation: /dēˌkämpənˈsāSHən


  • 1The failure of an organ (especially the liver or heart) to compensate for the functional overload resulting from disease.
    More example sentences
    • The major contributing factor for heart failure decompensation was medication lapses.
    • Patients with chronic liver disease and signs of decompensation should be assessed for transplantation before they become critically ill.
    • We excluded patients with hepatitis B, HIV infection, or hepatic decompensation.
  • 1.1 Psychiatry The failure to generate effective psychological coping mechanisms in response to stress, resulting in personality disturbance or disintegration, especially that which causes relapse in schizophrenia.



Pronunciation: /-ˈkämpənˌsātid/
More example sentences
  • ‘This is a significant finding from a large population of patients and will certainly aid in the development of guidelines for treating patients with acute decompensated heart failure,’ said Abraham.
  • The single most expensive diagnosis in the U.S. health care system, acutely decompensated heart failure, represents 1 million primary and 2.5 million secondary hospital admissions annually.
  • A complete diagnosis should include the cause of the liver disease and determine if the patient has decompensated liver disease.

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