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escharotomy

Pronunciation: es'ka-rot'o-me

Definition: Surgical incision in an eschar (necrotic dermis) to lessen constriction, especially after a circumferential third-degree burn, usually performed to treat or minimize pressure injury to underlying structures.

[eschar + G. tome, incision]

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