Decompression has several meanings:

  • Decompression (physics), the release of pressure and the opposition of physical compression
  • Decompression sickness, a condition arising from the precipitation of dissolved gases into bubbles inside the body on depressurization
  • Decompression (surgery), a procedure used to treat spinal stenosis (in spinal decompression), carotid artery stenosis or any condition where a structure is being compressed
  • Spinal disc herniation, also called herniated disc decompression, a form of treatment for the back, employed by chiropractors
  • Scuba diving decompression
    • Decompression stop, a period of time in which a diver stays at a specific depth
    • Decompression chamber, a pressurizable chamber used to prevent decompression sickness
    • Decompression buoy, a buoy that marks a diver's position when doing decompression stops
    • Decompression trapeze, a horizontal bar or bars suspended at the depth of intended decompression stops by buoys
    • Dive table, also called a decompression table, a printed card or booklet that allows divers to determine the necessary decompression stops to prevent decompression sickness
    • Dive computer, also called a decompression meter, a device used by a scuba diver to measure the time and depth of a dive so that a safe ascent rate can be calculated
  • Uncontrolled decompression, in accidents involving pressure vessels such as aircraft
  • Data decompression, the action of reversing data compression
  • Decompression (comics), in comic book storytelling, is the stylistic choice to tell a story mainly by visuals, with few words
  • "Decompression" (The Outer Limits), an episode of the American television fiction series The Outer Limits
  • Decompression party, a party that occurs after an event or a party to unwind after a stressful period

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  • décompression — [ dekɔ̃presjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1868; de dé et compression 1 ♦ Action de décomprimer; cessation ou diminution de la compression, de la pression d un gaz. ⇒ détente, dilatation , expansion. Robinet, soupape de décompression. ♢ Réduction progressive de la …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • decompression — 1905, from DE (Cf. de ) + COMPRESSION (Cf. compression) …   Etymology dictionary

  • decompression — ► NOUN 1) reduction in air pressure. 2) the process of decompressing …   English terms dictionary

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  • decompression — [[t]di͟ːkəmpre̱ʃ(ə)n[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Decompression is the reduction of the force on something that is caused by the weight of the air. Decompression blew out a window in the plane. 2) N UNCOUNT: usu N n Decompression is the process of bringing… …   English dictionary

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