decompensation

[ dee-kom-puh n-sey-shuh n ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

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

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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Word Origin and History for decompensation

decompensation

n.

1900, from de- + compensation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine 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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