Meaning of decortication in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˌkɔːtɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/


mass noun
  • 1Medicine
    The removal of the outer layer or cortex from a structure, especially the kidney, brain, or other organ.

    • ‘The procedure is known as a decortication, and will require general anesthesia.’
    1. 1.1The operation of removing fibrous scar tissue that prevents expansion of the lung.
      ‘Four of these patients underwent thoracotomy with decortication, but only one substantially improved.’
      • ‘He underwent a thoracotomy and open decortication and was discharged to home 5 days later.’
      • ‘In many centres video assisted thoracoscopic surgery is used routinely to accomplish decortication.’