The Decompensation - The loss of an organ’s ability to meet the requirements of the body. The term “decompensation” is usually used to describe lessening function in an organ that has been progressively damaged by disease.

For example, if the heart decompensates, it becomes unable to maintain an adequate circulation. The word can also be used with regard to mental illness, as in depression, when an individual may lose his or her usual compensation mechanisms (strategies by which a person makes up for real or imagined deficiencies) and suddenly deteriorate.


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