[ dee-kawr-ti-key-shuhn ]
/ diˌkɔr tɪˈkeɪ ʃən /
Save This Word!

the act or process of decorticating.
Also de·cor·ti·za·tion [dee-kawr-tuh-zey-shuhn]. /diˌkɔr təˈzeɪ ʃən/. Surgery. the removal of the cortex, the enveloping membrane, or a fibrinous covering from an organ or structure.
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of decortication

1615–25; <Latin dēcorticātiōn- (stem of dēcorticātiō) the act of peeling off bark. See decorticate, -ion
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use decortication in a sentence

  • 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.

Medical definitions for decortication

[ dē-kôr′tĭ-kāshən ]

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

Other words from decortication

de•corti•cate′ v.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.