Definition of debridement in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈbriːdm(ə)nt//deɪˈbriːdmɒ̃/


mass nounMedicine
  • The removal of damaged tissue or foreign objects from a wound.

    • ‘The role of arthroscopic debridement for degenerative arthritis of the knee is controversial.’
    • ‘Abscess drainage or debridement of necrotic tissue may be necessary.’
    • ‘Patients require referral to a dentist within 24 hours for drainage and debridement of the infected periodontal area.’
    • ‘Maintenance of a moist wound microenvironment and debridement of necrotic tissue increase wound healing rates and reduce pain.’
    • ‘Early surgical debridement, enteral feeding, mobilisation of the patient, and early extubation are desirable.’


Mid 19th century: from French, from débrider, literally ‘remove the bridle from’, based on bride ‘bridle’ (of Germanic origin).