[ dee-kawr-ti-keyt ]
/ diˈkɔr tɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), de·cor·ti·cat·ed, de·cor·ti·cat·ing.

to remove the bark, husk, or outer covering from.
Surgery. to remove the cortex from (an organ or structure).

Origin of decorticate

1605–15; < Latin dēcorticātus (past participle of dēcorticāre to peel), equivalent to dē- de- + corticātus having bark, shell; see corticate

OTHER WORDS FROM decorticate

de·cor·ti·ca·tor, nounun·de·cor·ti·cat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for decorticate

/ (diːˈkɔːtɪˌkeɪt) /


(tr) to remove the bark or some other outer layer from
surgery to remove the cortex of (an organ or part)

Derived forms of decorticate

decortication, noundecorticator, noun

Word Origin for decorticate

C17: from Latin dēcorticāre, from de- + -corticāre, from cortex bark
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