[ dee-kawr-ti-key-shuh n ]
/ diˌkɔr tɪˈkeɪ ʃən /


the act or process of decorticating.
Also de·cor·ti·za·tion [dee-kawr-tuh-zey-shuh n] /diˌkɔr təˈzeɪ ʃən/. Surgery. the removal of the cortex, the enveloping membrane, or a fibrinous covering from an organ or structure.

Origin of decortication

1615–25; < Latin dēcorticātiōn- (stem of dēcorticātiō) the act of peeling off bark. See decorticate, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for decortication

  • In the province of Ch-kiang, where I am now writing, decortication is effected in the field.

  • Since the plant is grown on rocky lands, the leaves may be cut and conveyed to the decortication plant at any season of the year.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5|Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Decortication by steam having been effected, the work of M. Favier ceases, and the process is carried forward by M. Fremy.

Medicine definitions for decortication


[ dē-kôr′tĭ-kāshən ]


The removal of the surface layer, membrane, or fibrous cover of an organ or a structure.

Related forms

de•corti•cate′ v.
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