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

Other Words from amputate

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

Examples of amputate in a Sentence

His arm was badly injured and had to be amputated.
Recent Examples on the Web Surgeons were able to restore blood flow to Addison’s leg by rebuilding the blood vessels but due to the nature of the injury surgeons will have to amputate the teen’s leg just above the knee — Addison is a school cheerleader and tennis player. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 5 July 2022 Surgeons were able to restore blood flow to Addison’s leg by rebuilding the blood vessels but due to the nature of the injury surgeons will have to amputate the teen’s leg just above the knee — Addison is a school cheerleader and tennis player. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 5 July 2022 After an initial surgery to restore blood flow to Addison’s leg by rebuilding the blood vessels, surgeons were forced to amputate Addison’s leg on Tuesday due to the nature of her injury. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 8 July 2022 Surgeons were able to restore blood flow to Addison’s leg by rebuilding the blood vessels but due to the nature of the injury surgeons will have to amputate the teen’s leg just above the knee — Addison is a school cheerleader and tennis player. al, 6 July 2022 Doctors will have to amputate the leg of a Florida girl after a shark attack. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 6 July 2022 The bones show signs of medical examination - there are cuts and nicks from scalpels, suggesting students learned how to amputate a limb and saw a skull in half to remove the brain. CBS News, 11 Apr. 2022 But staff at the University of Minnesota found another tumor in Gus, and had to amputate his back leg. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 26 Apr. 2022 His victims choke on food, crash their cars, amputate their fingers in prams. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of amputate

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amputate

borrowed from Latin amputātus, past participle of amputāre "to prune back (a plant), prune away, remove by cutting (unwanted parts or features), cut off (a branch, limb, body part)," from am-, assimilated variant of amb- "about, around" + putāre "to prune, make clean or tidy, scour (wool)" — more at ambient entry 1, putative

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7 Aug 2022

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“Amputate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amputate. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for amputate

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 amputate (audio) \ noun

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