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decortication

Pronunciation: de'kor-ti-ka'shun

Definition:

  1. Removal of the cortex, or external layer, beneath the capsule from any organ or structure.
  2. An operation for removal of the residual clot and/or newly organized scar tissue that forms after a hemothorax or neglected empyema.

[L. decortico, pp. -atus, to deprive of bark, fr. de, from, + cortex, rind, bark]

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