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decorticate

[dee-kawr-ti-keyt] /diˈkɔr tɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), decorticated, decorticating.
1.
to remove the bark, husk, or outer covering from.
2.
Surgery. to remove the cortex from (an organ or structure).
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin dēcorticātus (past participle of dēcorticāre to peel), equivalent to dē- de- + corticātus having bark, shell; see corticate
Related forms
decorticator, noun
undecorticated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for decorticator

decorticate

/diːˈkɔːtɪˌkeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to remove the bark or some other outer layer from
2.
(surgery) to remove the cortex of (an organ or part)
Derived Forms
decortication, noun
decorticator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēcorticāre, from de- + -corticāre, from cortex bark
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Word Origin and History for decorticator

decorticate

v.

1610s, from Latin decorticatus, past participle of decorticare "to strip of bark," from de- (see de-) + stem of cortex "bark of a tree" (see cortex). Related: Decortication.

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