Definition of Decompensation
1. Noun. (medicine) The inability of a diseased or weakened organic system or organ to compensate for its deficiency, resulting in functional deterioration. ¹
2. Noun. (psychology) The deterioration of cognitive or emotional functionality in a person who is distressed or who suffers from a psychological disorder. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Decompensation
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Medical Definition of Decompensation
1. Failure of compensation, cardiac decompensation is marked by dyspnoea, venous engorgement and oedema. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)
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Literary usage of Decompensation
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1. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Other agencies which invite decompensation are beyond the patient's control; ... The myocardium always remains the prime factor in decompensation. ..."
2. Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics by Herbert Swift Carter, Paul Edward Howe, Howard Harris Mason (1921)
"Cardiac decompensation.—In conditions of decompensation whether.due to valvular lesion or myocarditis, diet is of great importance as already pointed out, ..."
3. The Medical Clinics of North America by Richard J. Havel, K. Patrick Ober (1917)
"TREATMENT OF CARDIAC decompensation WE have at the Philadelphia General ... The case was one of primary myocarditis with dilatation and decompensation. ..."
4. Clinical Cardiology by Selian Neuhof (1917)
"The arrhythmias will be discussed in connection with the special features of decompensation found in the various valvular lesions. ..."
5. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"Asthma cardiale and acute arrhythmias were slightly more frequent early complications and cardial decompensation was a slightly more frequent late ..."
6. A Manual of the Practice of Medicine: Prepared Especially for Students by Arthur Albert Stevens (1892)
"PERIOD OF decompensation decompensation may result from: (i) Increasing damage to the valves or heart muscle, as in lesions of a degenerative type; ..."
7. Pathological physiology of internal diseases by Albion Walter Hewlett (1916)
"Effect» of decompensation The manifestations of cardiac ... decompensation is usually associated »lie 'ululation nf »nc or more cavities of the heart. ..."
8. Monographic Medicine by Albion Walter Hewlett, Henry Leopold Elsner (1916)
"Cardiac decompensation Etiology.—This condition is the result ... Conditions to be Differentiated from Cardiac decompensation Hysteria Nephritis. ..."