[dih-breed-muh nt, dey-]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for debridement



the surgical removal of dead tissue or cellular debris from the surface of a wound

Word Origin for débridement

C19: from French, from Old French desbrider to unbridle, from des- de- + bride bridle
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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


[dā′brēd-mäɴ, dĭ-brēdmənt]


The removal of dead or contaminated tissue and foreign matter from a wound, especially by excision.
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