decompensate

[dee-kom-puh n-seyt]

verb (used without object), de·com·pen·sat·ed, de·com·pen·sat·ing.

Psychology. to lose the ability to maintain normal or appropriate psychological defenses, sometimes resulting in depression, anxiety, or delusions.

Nearby words

  1. decolorant,
  2. decolorize,
  3. decolour,
  4. decommission,
  5. decommit,
  6. decompensation,
  7. decompose,
  8. decomposed,
  9. decomposer,
  10. decomposition

Origin of decompensate


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Word Origin and History for decompensates

decompensate

v.

1912, probably a back-formation from decompensation. Related: Decompensated; decompensating.

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