Definition of debridement in English:

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Pronunciation: /deɪˈbriːdmɒ̃/
Pronunciation: /dɪˈbriːdm(ə)nt/


[mass noun] Medicine
The removal of damaged tissue or foreign objects from a wound.
Example sentences
  • Abscess drainage or debridement of necrotic tissue may be necessary.
  • Maintenance of a moist wound microenvironment and debridement of necrotic tissue increase wound healing rates and reduce pain.
  • Patients require referral to a dentist within 24 hours for drainage and debridement of the infected periodontal area.



Example sentences
  • Most chronic wounds require some method of debridement; however, some wounds should not be debrided.
  • Once she was mobile, she began her daily trips to "the tank," where her wounds were debrided.
  • Three subjects had their wounds debrided to less than 50 % necrotic tissue prior to study enrollment.


Mid 19th century: from French, from débrider, literally 'remove the bridle from', based on bride 'bridle' (of Germanic origin).

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