Definition of decorticate in English:

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Pronunciation: /dēˈkôrdəˌkāt/


[with object]
1 (often as adjective decorticated) technical Remove the bark, rind, or husk from: decorticated peanuts
More example sentences
  • All three available specimens are mostly decorticated or incomplete.
  • Analyses were performed on decorticated seeds or meats.
2Subject to surgical decortication.
Example sentences
  • An area 13 mm wide by 25 mm long was gently decorticated.
  • And when they put a decorticated cat in a cage with other cats, it was as though the healthy cats thought of it as dead.


Biology & Psychology
Relating to an animal that has had the cortex of the brain removed or separated.
Example sentences
  • The terminal illness is characterised by deep coma and decerebrate or decorticate posturing.
  • She was found to have a reduced level of consciousness, posturing consistent with a decorticate state, and unequal pupils.
  • The patient's condition continued to deteriorate, with decorticate posturing to painful stimuli.


Early 17th century: from Latin decorticat- 'stripped of its bark', from the verb decorticare, from de- (expressing removal) + cortex, cortic- 'bark'.

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Syllabification: de·cor·ti·cate

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