[ dee-kom-puh n-sey-shuh n ]
/ ˌdi kɒm pənˈseɪ ʃən /
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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Words nearby decompensation
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Example sentences from the Web for decompensation
And a decompensation occurred, which resulted in his putting on the suit of The Conservative.
Digitalis, when the cardiac tone is low and decompensation is present.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:|Louis Marshall Warfield
British Dictionary definitions for decompensation
/ (diːˌkɒmpɛnˈseɪʃən) /
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
[ dē′kŏm-pən-sā′shən ]
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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