Meaning of debridement in English:


Pronunciation /deɪˈbriːdmɒ̃/ /dɪˈbriːdm(ə)nt/

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mass nounMedicine
  • The removal of damaged tissue or foreign objects from a wound.

    ‘Abscess drainage or debridement of necrotic tissue may be necessary.’
    • ‘Maintenance of a moist wound microenvironment and debridement of necrotic tissue increase wound healing rates and reduce pain.’
    • ‘Patients require referral to a dentist within 24 hours for drainage and debridement of the infected periodontal area.’
    • ‘Early surgical debridement, enteral feeding, mobilisation of the patient, and early extubation are desirable.’
    • ‘The role of arthroscopic debridement for degenerative arthritis of the knee is controversial.’


Mid 19th century from French, from débrider, literally ‘remove the bridle from’, based on bride ‘bridle’ (of Germanic origin).