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Definitions for decorticate
diˈkɔr tɪˌkeɪtdecor·ti·cate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decorticateverb

    remove the outer layer of

    "decorticate a tree branch"

  2. decorticateverb

    remove the cortex of (an organ)


  1. decorticateverb

    To peel or remove the bark, husk, or outer layer from something

  2. decorticateverb

    To surgically remove the surface layer, membrane, or fibrous cover of an organ etc

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    To divest of the bark or husk; to husk; to peel; to strip.

    Etymology: decortico, Latin.

    Take great barley, dried and decorticated, after it is well washed, and boil it in water. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.


  1. decorticate

    Abnormal posturing is an involuntary flexion or extension of the arms and legs, indicating severe brain injury. It occurs when one set of muscles becomes incapacitated while the opposing set is not, and an external stimulus such as pain causes the working set of muscles to contract. The posturing may also occur without a stimulus. Since posturing is an important indicator of the amount of damage that has occurred to the brain, it is used by medical professionals to measure the severity of a coma with the Glasgow Coma Scale (for adults) and the Pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale (for infants). The presence of abnormal posturing indicates a severe medical emergency requiring immediate medical attention. Decerebrate and decorticate posturing are strongly associated with poor outcome in a variety of conditions. For example, near-drowning patients that display decerebrate or decorticate posturing have worse outcomes than those that do not. Changes in the condition of the patient may cause alternation between different types of posturing.


  1. decorticate

    Decorticate refers to the act or process of removing the outer coverings or layers of something, such as the bark of a tree, the husk of a grain, or the outer layers of a biological organism or structure. It's often used in a medical context to describe the removal of the outer layer of an organ or structure. In neurology, it may also refer to a type of posturing seen in patients with severe brain damage, characterized by rigidity and abnormal flexion of the upper limbs, and extension of the lower limbs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decorticateverb

    to divest of the bark, husk, or exterior coating; to husk; to peel; to hull

  2. Etymology: [L. decorticatus, p. p. of decorticare to bark; de- + cortex bark.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Decorticate

    de-kor′ti-kāt, v.t. to deprive of the bark, husk, or peel.—n. Decorticā′tion. [L. decorticāre, -ātumde, from, and cortex, bark.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decorticate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decorticate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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