Simple Definition of gangrene
medical : the decay of flesh that occurs in a part of the body that no longer has blood flowing to it
Examples of gangrene in a sentence
When gangrene set in, the soldier's leg had to be amputated.
Origin and Etymology of gangrene
Latin gangraena, from Greek gangraina; akin to Greek gran to gnaw
First Known Use: 1543
Definition of gangrene
: to make gangrenous
: to become gangrenous
First Known Use of gangrene
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Definition of gangrene for Students
: death of body tissue when the blood supply is cut off
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