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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;Related formsde·cor·ti·ca·tor, nounun·de·cor·ti·cat·ed, adjective
< Latin dēcorticātus
(past participle of dēcorticāre
to peel), equivalent to dē- de-
having bark, shell; see corticate
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British Dictionary definitions for decorticate
Derived Formsdecortication, noundecorticator, noun
- (tr) to remove the bark or some other outer layer from
- surgery to remove the cortex of (an organ or part)
C17: from Latin dēcorticāre, from de- + -corticāre, from cortex bark
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Word Origin and History for decorticate
1610s, from Latin decorticatus, past participle of decorticare "to strip of bark," from de- (see de-) + stem of cortex "bark of a tree" (see cortex). Related: Decortication.
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