[dee-kawr-ti-key-shuh n]


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

Historical Examples of decortication

  • 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

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

  • Decortication by steam having been effected, the work of M. Favier ceases, and the process is carried forward by M. Fremy.

decortication in Medicine




The removal of the surface layer, membrane, or fibrous cover of an organ or a structure.
Related formsde•corti•cate′ v.
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