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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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 But his condition worsened and spread to his other limbs; doctors eventually needed to amputate all four limbs, though the man did survive. Rachael Rettner, Scientific American, "“Flesh-Eating” Bacteria May Be Spreading to Beaches Once Thought Off-Limits," 18 June 2019 Thornton moved in to the apartment in 2016 after disease led to her leg being amputated, forcing her to find a first-floor unit that would easily accommodate her wheelchair. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Orlando offers glimpse at FC Cincinnati soccer stadium future and the impact on a community," 31 May 2019 No two people’s situations are the same: A limb may be amputated because of an accident, injury, illness, or disease. Susie Armitage, SELF, "10 Things Amputees and People With Limb Differences Want You to Know," 1 May 2019 Two weeks ago, Perez had his forearms and hands amputated. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Man who contracted flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing has legs amputated, daughter says," 31 Aug. 2018 Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press Animal cruelty investigators are looking for the person who amputated the leg of a 7-year-old black Labrador retriever using garden shears and a kitchen knife in Hamtramck. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Dog found with leg amputated with garden shears, kitchen knife," 26 Apr. 2018 Corinne Suter of Switzerland was third, 0.05 behind — a remarkable result for a racer who nearly needed to have her right foot amputated last year after blood poisoning that almost went untreated when training at Stelvio, Italy. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Shiffrin wins super-G, Vonn crashes at worlds," 5 Feb. 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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