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decompensation

[dee-kom-puh n-sey-shuh n] /ˌdi kɒm pənˈseɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
Medicine/Medical. the inability of a diseased heart to compensate for its defect.
2.
Psychology. a loss of ability to maintain normal or appropriate psychological defenses, sometimes resulting in depression, anxiety, or delusions.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; de- + compensation
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decompensation

/diːˌkɒmpɛnˈseɪʃən/
noun
1.
(pathol) inability of an organ, esp the heart, to maintain its function due to overload caused by a disease
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Word Origin and History for decompensation
n.

1900, from de- + compensation.

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decompensation in Medicine

decompensation de·com·pen·sa·tion (dē'kŏm-pən-sā'shən)
n.

  1. Failure of the heart to maintain adequate blood circulation, marked by labored breathing, engorged blood vessels, and edema.

  2. The appearance or exacerbation of a mental disorder due to failure of defense mechanisms.

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