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gangrene

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

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gangrene

  1. 1 :  local death of soft tissues due to loss of blood supply

  2. 2 :  pervasive decay or corruption :  rot <moral gangrene>

gangrenous

play \ˈgaŋ-grə-nəs\ adjective

Examples of gangrene in a sentence

  1. 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


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gangrene

verb gan·grene

Definition of gangrene

gangrened

gangrening

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make gangrenous

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become gangrenous




GANGRENE Defined for Kids

gangrene

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noun gan·grene \ˈgaŋ-ˌgrēn\

Definition of gangrene for Students

  1. :  death of body tissue when the blood supply is cut off




Medical Dictionary

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gangrene

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

Medical Definition of gangrene

  1. :  local death of soft tissues due to loss of blood supply




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gangrene

verb gan·grene

Medical Definition of gangrene

gangrened

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gangrening

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to make gangrenous

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become gangrenous




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