de-

(Latin: from, away from, off; down; wholly, entirely, utterly, complete; reverse the action of, undo; the negation or reversal of the notion expressed in the primary or root word)

degustate
1. To taste; especially, with deliberate care.
2. To taste or ro savor carefully and appreciatively.
degustation
1. A comparative tasting, in small portions, of a variety of similar foods or drinks.
2. Taking a small amount of food or drink into the mouth to test the taste of its quality.
dehisce (verb), dehisces; dehisced, dehiscing
1. To open in definite places, discharging seeds, pollen, or other contents, as the ripe capsules or pods of some plants.
2. To rupture or to break open, as a surgical wound: "A surgical wound may partially or completely dehisce after surgery, depending upon whether some or all of the layers of tissue come open."
3. To burst open, as capsules of plants; to gape.
4. Etymology: from Latin dehiscere, "to split open", and from hiscere, "to gape, to yawn"; from Latin hiare, "to yawn".
dehiscence (s) (noun), dehiscences (pl)
1. The spontaneous or natural bursting open at the maturity of a plant structure; such as, a fruit, anther, or sporangium, to release its contents.
2. A rupture, bursting open, or splitting open, as of a surgical wound, or of an organ or structure to discharge its contents: "A dehiscence is a complication of surgery which take place in a secondary to poor wound healing."

"Risk factors of dehiscences include diabetes, advanced age, obesity, and trauma during the post-surgical period."

3. Etymology: from Latin dehiscere, "to split open"; from hiscere, "to gape, to yawn", and from Latin hiare, "to yawn".

The word dehiscence is one of the most vexing words in the surgeon's vocabulary. When a post-operation patient has a dehiscence, one or more of the tissue layers of the incision have come apart. In a worst scenario, underlying organs; such as, the gut, lung, etc. bulge out of the wound.

—Compiled from information seen in
Wordsmith, Anu Garg; wsmith@wordsmith.org;
AWAD (A Word a Day) Mail Issue 221; August 6, 2006.
dehiscent (adjective), more dehiscent, most dehiscent
1. Pertaining to something that breaks open when mature in order to release its contents: "Many plants have dehiscent seed pods that open to release their seeds when they reach final development."
2. A reference to the splitting open of a partially healed surgery: "There are times when a surgical incision which has been closed with sutures or clips becomes a dehiscent wound when it breaks open before it heals."
dehumanization (s) (noun), dehumanizations (pl)
A disrespectful way of treating people or being in a less respectful situation: "Wars always result in the dehumanization of people from both sides of those who are in such conflicts."

"When a bully attacks a person, he or she is exhibiting the dehumanization of another person."

dehumanize (verb), dehumanizes; dehumanized; dehumanizing
To treat someone as if he or she is not a normal human being: When there is a military conflict, the propaganda presentations of both sides are meant to dehumanize the opposing enemies.
dehumidify (verb), dehumidifies; dehumidified; dehumidifying
1. To remove excess humidity (moisture) from the air in a room or a building.
2. To make less humid or to remove atmospheric moisture from something or a place.
dehydrase (s) (noun), dehydrases (pl)
An enzyme (protein) that modifies the removal of the elements of water from material or substances on which an enzyme acts: "A dehydrase catalyzes (modifies) the removal of oxygen and hydrogen from metabolites (specific substances within living bodies) in proportion to which they form water."
dehydrate (verb), dehydrates; dehydrated; dehydrating
1. To remove water from; to make anhydrous.
2. To remove moisture from food as a way of preserving it (vegetables, for example).
3. To deplete the bodily fluids of: The hot weather dehydrated some of the runners so much, that several of them had to quit.
4. To lose water or bodily fluids.
dehydrated (adjective), more dehydrated, most dehydrated
1. Suffering from a lack of water in the body.
3. Describing a food that has been prepared from a powdered soup mix.
dehydration
1. The process of removing water from a substance or compound.
2. The process of removing water from a food product in order to preserve it or to make it more portable.
3. Excessive loss of water from the body or from an organ or body part, as a result of illness or fluid deprivation.

A condition in which there is an excessive loss of water from the body tissues, caused by such factors as prolonged diarrhea or fever, repeated vomiting, and excessive perspiration or urination. Extreme dehydration may lead to shock or even death.

dehypnotize (verb), dehypnotizes, dehypnotized, dehypnotizing
To normalize someone out of a hypnotic condition: George was hypnotized by a physician for psychiatric reasons and then he was dehypnotized back to a regular condition.
deject (verb), dejects; dejected; dejecting
dejected (adjective)