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decompensate

[dee-kom-puh n-seyt]
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verb (used without object), de·com·pen·sat·ed, de·com·pen·sat·ing.
  1. Psychology. to lose the ability to maintain normal or appropriate psychological defenses, sometimes resulting in depression, anxiety, or delusions.
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Origin of decompensate

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Word Origin and History for decompensating

decompensate

v.

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

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