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tr.v. de·cor·ti·cat·ed, de·cor·ti·cat·ing, de·cor·ti·cates
1. To remove the bark, husk, or outer layer from; peel.
2. To remove the surface layer, membrane, or fibrous cover of (an organ or structure).
[Latin dēcorticāre, dēcorticāt- : dē-, de- + cortex, cortic-, bark, rind; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]
1. (Botany) (tr) to remove the bark or some other outer layer from
2. (Surgery) surgery to remove the cortex of (an organ or part)
[C17: from Latin dēcorticāre, from de- + -corticāre, from cortex bark]
v.t. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
1. to remove the bark, husk, or outer covering from.
2. to remove the cortex from surgically, as an organ or structure.
[1605–15; < Latin dēcorticātus, past participle of dēcorticāre to peel]
Past participle: decorticated
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|Verb||1.||decorticate - remove the outer layer of; "decorticate a tree branch"|
strip - remove the surface from; "strip wood"
|2.||decorticate - remove the cortex of (an organ)|
surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process, surgery, operation - a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body; "they will schedule the operation as soon as an operating room is available"; "he died while undergoing surgery"