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decortication

[dee-kawr-ti-key-shuh n] /diˌkɔr tɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of decorticating.
2.
Also, decortization
[dee-kawr-tuh-zey-shuh n] /diˌkɔr təˈzeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA)
. Surgery. the removal of the cortex, the enveloping membrane, or a fibrinous covering from an organ or structure.
Origin of decortication
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin dēcorticātiōn- (stem of dēcorticātiō) the act of peeling off bark. See decorticate, -ion
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Historical Examples
  • Since the plant is grown on rocky lands, the leaves may be cut and conveyed to the decortication plant at any season of the year.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • In the province of Ch-kiang, where I am now writing, decortication is effected in the field.

  • decortication by steam having been effected, the work of M. Favier ceases, and the process is carried forward by M. Fremy.

decortication in Medicine

decortication de·cor·ti·ca·tion (dē-kôr'tĭ-kā'shən)
n.
The removal of the surface layer, membrane, or fibrous cover of an organ or a structure.


de·cor'ti·cate' v.
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