- surgical removal of foreign matter and dead tissue from a wound.
- the surgical removal of dead tissue or cellular debris from the surface of a wound
“removal of damaged tissue from a wound,” 1839, from French débridement, literally “an unbridling,” from dé- (see de-) + bride “bridle,” from a Germanic source akin to Middle High German bridel (see bridle). Related: debride, debriding.
- The removal of dead or contaminated tissue and foreign matter from a wound, especially by excision.