- to remove the bark, husk, or outer covering from.
- Surgery. to remove the cortex from (an organ or structure).
Origin of decorticate
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- (tr) to remove the bark or some other outer layer from
- surgery to remove the cortex of (an organ or part)
C17: from Latin dēcorticāre, from de- + -corticāre, from cortex bark
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Word Origin and History for decorticate
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