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Definition of "decorticate" []

  • To remove the bark, husk, or outer layer from; peel. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove the surface layer, membrane, or fibrous cover of (an organ or structure). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "decorticate" in a sentence
  • "When we got there I was in a VFib and had seizures -- I was resuscitated, shocked multiple times, stabilized, and transferred to a larger center in a decorticate position."
  • "He sat on the wooden side walk with his drunken palpitations, like a paralyzed cowboy at a decorticate ranch."
  • "It assumes that patients are decorticate victims of circumstance - what an insult to their autonomy and intelligence."