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1gangrene

noun gan·grene \ˈgaŋ-ˌgrēn, gaŋ-ˈ, ˈgan-ˌ, gan-ˈ\

medical : the decay of flesh that occurs in a part of the body that no longer has blood flowing to it

Full Definition of GANGRENE

1
:  local death of soft tissues due to loss of blood supply
2
:  pervasive decay or corruption :  rot <moral gangrene>
gan·gre·nous \ˈgaŋ-grə-nəs\ adjective

Examples of GANGRENE

  1. When gangrene set in, the soldier's leg had to be amputated.

Origin of GANGRENE

Latin gangraena, from Greek gangraina; akin to Greek gran to gnaw
First Known Use: 1543

2gangrene

verb
gan·grenedgan·gren·ing

Definition of GANGRENE

transitive verb
:  to make gangrenous
intransitive verb
:  to become gangrenous

First Known Use of GANGRENE

1607

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