Definition of decortication in US English:



  • 1The removal of the outer layer or cortex from a structure, especially the lung, brain, or other organ.

    • ‘The procedure is known as a decortication, and will require general anesthesia.’
    1. 1.1Medicine The operation of removing fibrous scar tissue that prevents expansion of the lung.
      • ‘Four of these patients underwent thoracotomy with decortication, but only one substantially improved.’
      • ‘In many centres video assisted thoracoscopic surgery is used routinely to accomplish decortication.’
      • ‘He underwent a thoracotomy and open decortication and was discharged to home 5 days later.’