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Definition of Debride

Debride: To remove dead, contaminated, or adherent tissue and/or foreign material. To debride a wound is to remove all materials that may promote infection and impede healing. This may be done by enzymes (as with proteolytic enzymes), mechanical methods (as in a whirlpool), or sharp debridement (using intruments).

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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