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[dih-breed-muh nt, dey-] /dɪˈbrid mənt, deɪ-/
surgical removal of foreign matter and dead tissue from a wound.
Origin of debridement
1835-45; < French débridement, equivalent to débride(r) to take away the bridle, Middle French desbrider (des- de- + brider, derivative of bride bridle) + -ment -ment Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for debridement


/dɪˈbriːdmənt; deɪ-/
the surgical removal of dead tissue or cellular debris from the surface of a wound
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old French desbrider to unbridle, from des-de- + bridebridle
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Word Origin and History for debridement

"removal of damaged tissue from a wound," 1839, from French débridement, literally "an unbridling," from dé- (see de-) + bride "bridle," from a Germanic source akin to Middle High German bridel (see bridle). Related: debride, debriding.

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debridement in Medicine

débridement dé·bride·ment (dā'brēd-mäɴ', dĭ-brēd'mənt)
The removal of dead or contaminated tissue and foreign matter from a wound, especially by excision.

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