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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

Etymologies

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)

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