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.

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  • 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.

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  • n. surgical removal of foreign material and dead tissue from a wound in order to prevent infection and promote healing


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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).

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From French débridement.


  • To allow such wounds to heal, doctors remove infected or dead tissue with scalpels or enzymes, a process they call debridement.

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  • Webb underwent a surgery known as a debridement, which cleaned up his rotator cuff and labrum. | news

  • The theory has been that maggots are effective because they "clean out" dead tissue - a process called debridement - stimulating healing and getting rid of bugs such as MRSA in the process.

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  • Webb had shoulder surgery in August, a so-called "debridement" procedure that amounted to a clean-up of his rotator cuff and labrum. | news

  • Although most injuries to the talus can be successfully treated using traditional "first-line" therapies involving removal of dead tissue (called "debridement") and drilling, about one-fifth to one-quarter of people with ankle injuries need additional "second-line" restorative treatment to heal successfully, said lead author Matthew Mitchell, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Casper, Wyoming.

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  • Pollyanna spent six weeks in hospital, going to the operating theatre for 'debridement'

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  • "The purposes of this study were to report our experiences with high-energy wartime extremity wounds, to define the prevalence of heterotopic ossification in these patients, and to determine the factors that might lead to development of the condition," said lead author Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Agner Forsberg, MD. Dr. Forsberg and his team compared data from 243 patients who were treated for orthopaedic injuries between March 1, 2003 and December 31, 2006 at the medical center, including patients who underwent: amputation external or internal fixation of one or more fractures removal of damaged, dead or infected tissue, or 'debridement'

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  • After a debridement surgery, injections, supplements, heat and cold therapy, and activity adjustments my injury was getting worse.

    Staness Jonekos: Acupuncture: A Drug-Free Option for Chronic Pain

  • Children who develop recurrent respiratory papillomatosis before the age of 3 usually have frequent recurrences and will require multiple surgical debridement procedures during the first few years of life.

    Recurrent Respiratory Papillomas

  • Shivani: In "For Anna Akhmatova," you wonder: "Was her exigent Muse the despised dictator/who censored, exiled, starved, imprisoned, murdered,/hurting the prodigy of birch and willow/into her late genius of debridement?"

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