One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The removal of damaged tissue or foreign objects from a wound.
- ‘The role of arthroscopic debridement for degenerative arthritis of the knee is controversial.’
- ‘Maintenance of a moist wound microenvironment and debridement of necrotic tissue increase wound healing rates and reduce pain.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).
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