Definition of decorticate in English:

decorticate

Line breaks: de|cor¦ti|cate
Pronunciation: /diːˈkɔːtɪkeɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1 technical Remove the bark, rind, or husk from.
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    • All three available specimens are mostly decorticated or incomplete.
    • Analyses were performed on decorticated seeds or meats.
  • 2Subject to surgical decortication.
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    • 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.

adjective

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  • (Of an animal) having had the cortex of the brain removed or separated.
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    • 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.

Origin

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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