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Definition of Decompress

Decompress: 1. In general, to remove pressure physically or emotionally.
2. In surgery, to remove pressure on a structure such as the spinal cord.
3. To lessen atmospheric pressure on deep-sea divers returning to the surface, or on persons ascending to great heights.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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