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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Also featured are LeBron James and Serena Williams, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and Shaquem Griffin, a linebacker who made it to the NFL despite having his left hand amputated as a young boy. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick earns recognition for Nike ‘Dream Crazy’ commercial," 17 July 2019 Investigators uncovered shocking examples of poor care or abuse that included the following: A patient’s wounds were not treated properly resulting in gangrene and the patient’s leg having to be amputated. Michael Kosnar, NBC News, "Hundreds of hospice centers in U.S. get failing grades," 9 July 2019 Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, 22, suffered multiple injuries in a car accident early Thursday morning that required his left arm to be amputated at the scene. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Miami Dolphins player Kendrick Norton injured in crash, has arm amputated," 4 July 2019 He got admitted to the ICU (intensive-care unit) and his leg had to be amputated. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Wanna swim? Here's how to protect yourself from bacteria, parasites," 4 July 2019 Both of her hands were significantly damaged, and her left leg had to be amputated above the knee, according to Eric Toschlog, Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Vidant Medical Center. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Teen bitten by shark will undergo more surgeries following her leg amputation," 5 June 2019 Griffin had his left hand amputated at age 4, after being born with amniotic band syndrome, which prevented his hand from fully forming, the New York Post reported. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Seattle Seahawks draft one-handed linebacker in the 5th round," 28 Apr. 2018 Cami had her lower left leg amputated a year ago because of a rare tissue disease. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Surf, jousting and rock ‘n’ roll: Switchfoot’s Bro-Am festival celebrates 15 years," 29 June 2019 The gold medal para snowboarder had her leg amputated in 2010 after being diagnosed with cancer at 14 years old and her entire world changed. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "The Fashion Industry Still Has A Long Way To Go With Being Inclusive To Disabilities," 16 May 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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