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.
Recent Examples on the Web His leg had been amputated due to diabetes complications, his brother Ronnie Medrano said. oregonlive, "A man’s trip to the grocery store ends 40 miles away in a fatal Hillsboro police shooting. His family wants answers.," 6 Nov. 2019 At Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where Cleve was transferred after his leg was finally amputated, many patients had missing body parts and, therefore, prosthetics. al, "Alabama Marine lost his leg in Iraq and his life to painkillers," 3 Oct. 2019 Individuals treated at these IHS facilities have mistakenly had their limbs amputated; suicidal patients were abandoned and found dead; one man with mental health ailments and heart conditions was pepper-sprayed to death by hospital security. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Congress Is Still Breaking Treaties and Cheating Indian Country," 26 Sep. 2019 An Arkansas woman's leg was amputated in 2018 following a particularly nasty brown recluse bite. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "She thought there was water in her ear. Turns out it was a venomous spider," 23 Aug. 2019 When Trainer woke in a hospital bed nine days later, her hands and legs had been amputated. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "A woman lost her hands and legs to an infection from puppy kisses," 4 Aug. 2019 His own legs had been amputated after he was electrocuted in the subway. Neal Hirschfeld, New York Times, "He Was Shot and Paralyzed 37 Years Ago. That’s Not How the Story Ends.," 2 Aug. 2019 Nicholas’ right leg was amputated at age 11 because of a birth defect. BostonGlobe.com, "FIFA shoots for more Women’s World Cup teams," 27 July 2019 Doctors said the teenager's left leg and two fingers on her left hand were amputated after what was likely a bull shark attack, based on tooth markings found on her bones. CBS News, "Shark bites 8-year-old boy in third North Carolina attack this month," 17 June 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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The first known use of amputate was in 1612

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25 Nov 2019

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“Amputate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amputated. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for amputate

amputate

verb
How to pronounce amputate (audio)

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)
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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