from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Surgical excision of dead, devitalized, or contaminated tissue and removal of foreign matter from a wound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue to improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue.
- n. The removal of the dental tartar that has accumulated over teeth, typically done using hand tools and ultrasound instruments.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the surgical excision of dead, contaminated, or damaged tissue, and foreign matter, especially from a wound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In surgery, a loosing or unbridling by cutting the soft parts, as around a wound or an abscess, to permit the passage of pus, or for the removal of a stricture or an obstacle of any kind.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. surgical removal of foreign material and dead tissue from a wound in order to prevent infection and promote healing
French débridement, from débrider, to unbridle, debride (from the likening of constricting bands of tissue to bridles), from Old French desbrider : des-, de- + bride, bridle (probably from Middle High German brīdel, rein).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French débridement. (Wiktionary)