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What does debride or debridement mean?

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Updated April 18, 2011

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Definition:

Debride describes the process of removing dead, contaminated or infected tissue, or any other foreign matter, from a wound. Removal of the material is intended to clean the site and promote healing.

Debridement describes the process of debriding the wound.

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