Definition of decortication in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /dēˌkôrdəˈkāSH(ə)n/


1The removal of the outer layer or cortex from a structure, especially the lung, brain, or other organ.
Example sentences
  • The procedure is known as a decortication, and will require general anesthesia.
1.1 Medicine The operation of removing fibrous scar tissue that prevents expansion of the lung.
Example sentences
  • Four of these patients underwent thoracotomy with decortication, but only one substantially improved.
  • He underwent a thoracotomy and open decortication and was discharged to home 5 days later.
  • In many centres video assisted thoracoscopic surgery is used routinely to accomplish decortication.


Early 17th century: from Latin decorticatio(n-), from decorticare 'strip of bark' (see decorticate).

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.