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debride Tweet Definition of debride Like Definition of debride on Facebook
verb (debrides, debriding, debrided, debrided)
  1. (transitive) To remove necrotic tissue or foreign matter from (a wound or the like).
decompression Tweet Definition of decompression Like Definition of decompression on Facebook
noun
  1. The restoration to atmospheric pressure of a person who has spent time under higher pressure (such as a diver)
  1. (medicine) The relief of pressure on a body part by surgery
decortication Tweet Definition of decortication Like Definition of decortication on Facebook
noun
  1. The removal of the surface layer, membrane, or fibrous cover of anything
dehiscence Tweet Definition of dehiscence Like Definition of dehiscence on Facebook
noun
  1. Opening, gaping, in a general sense.
  2. (botany) The bursting of seed-pods, capsules etc.
  3. (medicine) A rupture, as with a surgical wound opening up, often with a flow of serous fluid.
dermatome Tweet Definition of dermatome Like Definition of dermatome on Facebook
noun
  1. an instrument used surgically to remove a thin slice of skin for grafting
  2. an area of skin which is innervated by afferent nerve fibers coming to a single posterior spinal root
  3. the cutis plate
dermoplasty Tweet Definition of dermoplasty Like Definition of dermoplasty on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, surgery) The use of skin grafts in plastic surgery.
drain Tweet Definition of drain Like Definition of drain on Facebook
noun
  1. A conduit allowing liquid to flow out of an otherwise contained volume.
The drain in the kitchen sink is clogged.
  1. Something consuming resources and providing nothing in return.
That rental property is a drain on our finances.
  1. (vulgar) An act of urination.
drainage Tweet Definition of drainage Like Definition of drainage on Facebook
noun
  1. Drainage is the natural or artificial removal of surface and sub-surface water from a given area.

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