One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1technical Remove the bark, rind, or husk from.‘decorticated peanuts’
peel, remove, take off, flake, scrape, scratch, shave, abrade, rub, clear, cleanView synonyms
- ‘All three available specimens are mostly decorticated or incomplete.’
- ‘Analyses were performed on decorticated seeds or meats.’
2Subject to surgical decortication.
- ‘An area 13 mm wide by 25 mm long was gently decorticated.’
- ‘And when they put a decorticated cat in a cage with other cats, it was as though the healthy cats thought of it as dead.’
(of an animal) having had the cortex of the brain removed or separated.
- ‘The terminal illness is characterised by deep coma and decerebrate or decorticate posturing.’
- ‘The patient's condition continued to deteriorate, with decorticate posturing to painful stimuli.’
- ‘She was found to have a reduced level of consciousness, posturing consistent with a decorticate state, and unequal pupils.’
- ‘Generalized tonic seizures may mimic decerebrate and decorticate posturing.’
Early 17th century: from Latin decorticat- ‘stripped of its bark’, from the verb decorticare, from de- (expressing removal) + cortex, cortic- ‘bark’.
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