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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.]

de·cor′ti·ca′tion n.
de·cor′ti·ca′tor n.
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