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 amputate (audio) \ noun

Examples of amputate in a Sentence

His arm was badly injured and had to be amputated.
Recent Examples on the Web Just like a doctor would not amputate a leg one slice at a time, business leaders must cut deep and only once. Kash Shaikh, Forbes, 25 May 2021 To free himself, he was forced to amputate his right arm. Edmund Vallance, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 An infection nearly forced doctors to amputate the leg. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately, five months and $1,500 later spent to cure ringworm and care for injuries inflicted during fights with the existing two guinea pigs, the family was told Snickers needed surgery to amputate an infected limb. Lorraine Allen, Good Housekeeping, 22 Mar. 2021 Dae'Shun's hands became damaged due to a lack of blood flow following the successful procedure, and the decision was made to amputate both extremities and his remaining leg on Feb. 22. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 24 Feb. 2021 The hardest one was the decision to amputate his right leg. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 His injuries kept him in and out of the hospital for a year, and doctors eventually had to amputate his leg. Katy Read, Star Tribune, 10 Nov. 2020 The first field surgeon who saw McBride wanted to amputate his feet, Dawson says. oregonlive, 9 Nov. 2020

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Amputate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amputate. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for amputate

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 amputate (audio) \ noun

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