amputate

verb
am·​pu·​tate | \ ˈam-pyə-ˌtāt How to pronounce amputate (audio) \
amputated; amputating

Definition of amputate

transitive verb

: to remove by or as if by cutting especially : to cut (a part, such as a limb) from the body

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Other Words from amputate

amputation \ ˌam-​pyə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce amputation (audio) \ noun

Examples of amputate in a Sentence

His arm was badly injured and had to be amputated.

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His limbs eventually turned black as the tissue died, and one leg even self-amputated when Abigail and a nurse were moving him. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Mother Warns Parents After Her 11-Month-Old Son Lost All of His Limbs from Sepsis Infection," 14 Aug. 2019 Declawing involves amputating a cat’s toes back to the first knuckle. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "Declawing your destructive cat may be outlawed in Florida," 2 Aug. 2019 Declawing, a procedure known as onychectomy, involves amputating the first segment of a cat's toes. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "New York becomes first state to ban declawing of most cats," 24 July 2019 Declawing a cat involves amputating a cat’s toes at the first joint. Washington Post, "State becomes first to ban declawing of cats," 23 July 2019 Many animal advocates call the procedure cruel and unnecessary which Declawing involves amputating the first knuckle of a cat's toes. Vanna Quiroz, CBS News, "New York becomes first state to ban cat declawing," 22 July 2019 The practice involves amputating a cat’s toes to the first knuckle. USA TODAY, "Titanic auction, Legos, mighty Mississippi: News from around our 50 states," 22 July 2019 That came a year after Portune had to have his left leg amputated because of a cancerous tumor. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: As 2020 approaches, popular Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune's political future in limbo," 11 July 2019 But last season, his achy left knee — the lingering reminder of an injury so severe that doctors briefly considered amputating his leg — began to worsen. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors waive Shaun Livingston as they continue to reshape roster," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of amputate

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amputate

Latin amputatus, past participle of amputare, from am-, amb- around + putare to cut, prune — more at ambi-

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amputate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of amputate

medical : to cut off (part of a person's body)

amputate

verb
am·​pu·​tate | \ ˈam-pyə-ˌtāt How to pronounce amputate (audio) \
amputated; amputating

Kids Definition of amputate

: to cut off (part of a person's body)

amputate

transitive verb
am·​pu·​tate | \ ˈam-pyə-ˌtāt How to pronounce amputate (audio) \
amputated; amputating

Medical Definition of amputate

: to cut (as a limb) from the body

Other Words from amputate

amputation \ ˌam-​pyə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce amputation (audio) \ noun

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