[dee-kom-puh n-sey-shuh n]
- 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.
Origin of decompensation
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And a decompensation occurred, which resulted in his putting on the suit of The Conservative.Broadway's Comeback Kid
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Digitalis, when the cardiac tone is low and decompensation is present.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
- 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
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- 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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