Definition of decortication in English:

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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).

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Syllabification: de·cor·ti·ca·tion

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