Adaptation, Compensation, and Decompensation

  • Bronwyn Jones
  • Martin W. Donner


Stedman’s Medical Dictionary (1) defines adaptation, compensation, and decompensation as follows:
  • Adaptation: an advantageous change in function or constitution of an organ or tissue to meet new conditions.

  • Compensation: term used to describe a process in which a tendency for a change in a given direction is counteracted by another change so that the original change is not evident.

  • Decompensation: a failure of compensation.


Soft Palate Postural Muscle Constrictor Muscle Piriform Sinus Laryngeal Vestibule 
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  • Bronwyn Jones
  • Martin W. Donner

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