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decompensation

[ dee-kom-puhn-sey-shuhn ]
/ ˌdi kɒm pənˈseɪ ʃən /
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noun
Medicine/Medical. the inability of a diseased heart to compensate for its defect.
Psychology. a loss of ability to maintain normal or appropriate psychological defenses, sometimes resulting in depression, anxiety, or delusions.
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Origin of decompensation

First recorded in 1900–05; de- + compensation
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British Dictionary definitions for decompensation

decompensation
/ (diːˌkɒmpɛnˈseɪʃən) /

noun
pathol inability of an organ, esp the heart, to maintain its function due to overload caused by a disease
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Medical definitions for decompensation

decompensation
[ dē′kŏm-pən-sāshən ]

n.
Failure of the heart to maintain adequate blood circulation, marked by labored breathing, engorged blood vessels, and edema.
The appearance or exacerbation of a mental disorder due to failure of defense mechanisms.
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