from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To remove the bark, husk, or outer layer from; peel.
- transitive v. To remove the surface layer, membrane, or fibrous cover of (an organ or structure).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To peel or remove the bark, husk, or outer layer from something
- v. To surgically remove the surface layer, membrane, or fibrous cover of an organ etc
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To divest of the bark, husk, or exterior coating; to husk; to peel; to hull.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To remove the bark from; in general, to deprive of the cortex, in any sense of that word; strip off the exterior coat of.
- Destitute of a cortex or cortical layer: used specifically in lichenology.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. remove the cortex of (an organ)
- v. remove the outer layer of
Latin dēcorticāre, dēcorticāt- : dē-, de- + cortex, cortic-, bark, rind; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
de- + corticate (Wiktionary)