debridement

[dih-breed-muhnt, dey-]
noun
surgical removal of foreign matter and dead tissue from a wound.

Origin:
1835–45; < French débridement, equivalent to débride(r) to take away the bridle, Middle French desbrider (des- de- + brider, derivative of bride bridle) + -ment -ment

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débridement (dɪˈbriːdmənt, deɪ-)
 
n
the surgical removal of dead tissue or cellular debris from the surface of a wound
 
[C19: from French, from Old French desbrider to unbridle, from des-de- + bridebridle]

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debridement
"removal of damaged tissue from a wound," 1842, from Fr., lit. "unbridling." Related: debride, debriding.
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débridement dé·bride·ment (dā'brēd-mäɴ', dĭ-brēd'mənt)
n.
The removal of dead or contaminated tissue and foreign matter from a wound, especially by excision.

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Example sentences
Once the life and limb threatening injuries were addressed, debridement and
  washout of the knee wound was performed.
In sharp contrast to military injuries, minimal tissue destruction is seen, and
  minimal debridement is needed.
Debridement can help, and there has been some research into a urea paste that
  is encouraging.
More severe ulcers require debridement, which is the removal of injured tissue
  until only healthy tissue remains.
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