amputate

verb
am·pu·tate | \ˈam-pyə-ˌtāt \
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 \ noun

Examples of amputate in a Sentence

His arm was badly injured and had to be amputated.

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Doctors were unable to save Hall’s left foot and amputated it on Friday about six inches above his ankle. Tonya Alanez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Motorcyclist victim of hit and run loses foot," 13 June 2018 In one case, a patient’s leg had to be amputated after an infection in his foot went untreated for so long his toes turned black and attracted maggots. BostonGlobe.com, "Secret VA nursing-home ratings hid poor quality care from public," 18 June 2018 On his first Everest attempt in 1975, Xia got frostbite and had to have his feet -- and later his legs -- amputated. Caroline Malone And Katy Scott, CNN, "How a double amputee conquered Everest, 43 years after his first attempt," 6 June 2018 Luethje’s legs were badly mangled and had to be amputated below the knees. Cathy Locke, sacbee, "Was anyone arrested for rigging bomb that injured East Sacramento man in 1970s? | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Apr. 2018 Chi Chi had to have parts of all four legs amputated, but was able to adapt to her custom prosthetics. Grant Suneson And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 25 most heroic dogs in America," 5 July 2018 Now, 60-year-old Perez is fighting for his life in the hospital and might have to his limbs amputated, his family told New Jersey Advance Media. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "Father Who Contracted Flesh-Eating Bacteria While Crabbing in N.J. Now Faces Losing All 4 Limbs," 10 July 2018 Quintero, who suffers from chronic paranoid schizophrenia, amputated his own tongue after spending three weeks in jail. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "His 911 call as 'Jesus Christ' went viral after Pizza Hut break-in; story since is tragic," 10 May 2018 If the team decides to address linebackers in a middle round, Iowa's Josey Jewell and Central Florida's Shaquem Griffin, who had one hand amputated as a child, could be possibilities. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "As Chargers prepare for NFL draft, linebackers will be one of their top priorities," 12 Apr. 2018

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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 \
amputated; amputating

Kids Definition of amputate

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

amputate

transitive verb
am·pu·tate | \ˈam-pyə-ˌtāt \
amputated; amputating

Medical Definition of amputate 

: to cut (as a limb) from the body

Other Words from amputate

amputation \ˌam-pyə-ˈtā-shən \ noun

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