Debulk: To remove part of the bulk, usually of a tumor as in surgery to remove as much tumor as possible to increase the likelihood of success with chemotherapy, for example, or dead tissue. Debulking may be done by surgery, irradiation, laser or chemotherapy.
Decompress: 1. In general, to remove pressure physically or emotionally. 2. In surgery, to remove pressure on a structure such as the spinal cord. 3. To lessen atmospheric pressure on deep-sea divers returning to the surface, or on persons ascending to great heights.
Decompression: 1. In general, the removal of pressure. 2. In surgery, a procedure to remove pressure on a structure, as in decompression of the spinal cord. 3. The lessening of atmospheric pressure on deep-sea divers returning to the surface, or on persons ascending to great heights.
Decongestant: A drug that shrinks the swollen membranes in the nose, making it easier for a person to breathe. Decongestants can be taken orally or as nasal spray. Decongestant nasal spray should not be used for more than 5 days without a physician’s recommendation. Many decongestant nasal sprays cause a worsening of symptoms (a rebound […]
Decortication: Removal of part or all of the outer surface of an organ such as the lung, kidney, or brain.
Decubitus: Lying down. A decubitus ulcer is a bed sore, the consequence of lying or sitting in one position too long. The Latin “decubitus” (meaning lying down) is related to “cubitum” (the elbow) reflecting the fact the Romans habitually rested on their elbows when they reclined.