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1. Medicine The inability of a bodily organ or system, especially the circulatory system, to maintain adequate physiological function in the presence of disease.
2. Psychology The inability to maintain defense mechanisms in response to stress, resulting in personality disturbance or psychological imbalance.

de·com′pen·sate′ v.


vb (intr)
to undergo decompensation due to disease or impairment
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For example, a student with upcoming exams may have a sudden increase in the amount of close work they do, which potentially induces unnatural stress on the accommodation-convergence relationship, causing their phoria to decompensate.
And although many patients will recover rapidly while receiving NPPV, some will continue to decompensate and need to be intubated and mechanically ventilated.
Avoid patients with comorbid conditions such as asthma, anxiety, obesity, or heart disease which might decompensate in the office.