Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday Word: Debridement

debridement |diˈbrēdmənt|noun Medicinethe removal of damaged tissue or foreign objects from a wound.ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: from French, from débrider, literally ‘unbridle,’ based on bride ‘bridle’ (ofGermanic origin).

I learned this word from the back of a hydrogen peroxide bottle. It's another one that doesn't mean what it should. My imagination is conjuring up the disengagement of suitable ladies from hapless young man--something that would happen in a P.G. Wodehouse novel.


  1. I worked as a physical therapy orderly 25 years ago - this is a word I'm all too familiar with...