Definition of amputate
: to remove by or as if by cutting; especially : to cut (a part, such as a limb) from the body
amputationplay \ˌam-pyə-ˈtā-shən\ noun
Examples of amputate in a Sentence
His arm was badly injured and had to be amputated.
Recent Examples of amputate from the Web
Among many other surgeries, doctors had to amputate some of her toes.
Both were seriously wounded in the 2010 incident involving officers Christopher Conley and Jennifer Pederson, and Mendez had to have part of his leg amputated.
As a result of the shooting, Mendez’s leg had to be amputated below the knee.
Dr. Matthew Carty amputated Korona's leg in a six-hour operation at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Boston.
Both drivers were in serious condition and the bus driver had part of her leg amputated.
For the secluded community in Big Sur, where only a handful of highways cut through the mountains or meander north and south along the coast, a long-term closure is like amputating a limb.
In 2001, Jesse Sullivan, a high-power lineman, was nearly electrocuted and so badly injured that doctors had to amputate both of his arms.
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Origin and Etymology of amputate
Latin amputatus, past participle of amputare, from am-, amb- around + putare to cut, prune — more at ambi-
First Known Use: 1612
AMPUTATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of amputate for English Language Learners
medical : to cut off (part of a person's body)
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Definition of amputate for Students
: to cut off (part of a person's body)
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