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 Complications led to his right leg being amputated, and he was given a tracheotomy and feeding tube for nutrition. Bethany Heitman, Health.com, "Amanda Kloots Opens Up About Staying Positive Amid Husband Nick Cordero’s COVID-19 Battle," 22 May 2020 While Roger and Ian move Jamie, Claire breaks down to Bree about her promise not to amputate and how the thought of doing it makes her ill. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Outlander recap: Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?," 20 Apr. 2020 Vermeule repeatedly amputates his arguments from the text. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "‘Common-Good Constitutionalism’ Is No Alternative to Originalism," 2 Apr. 2020 Mendoza, 69, a Dallas resident, has already had two toes amputated because of diabetes. Imelda García, Dallas News, "For the uninsured, including many immigrants, concerns about coronavirus testing costs running high," 15 Mar. 2020 In the meantime, a California appellate court Thursday issued a timely opinion about a seaman on a commercial fishing vessel who accidentally sliced up his hands with hooks and fish gills and eventually had fingers amputated. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Docket: When Can It Be Negligent to Film a Health Tragedy?," 13 Mar. 2020 The National Museum of Civil War Medicine, a quirky and fascinating repository of battlefield medical artifacts including skull saws and rusty scalpels, is amputating the Confederate flag from its logo. Michael S. Rosenwald, BostonGlobe.com, "Civil War medical museum prepares to amputate Confederate flag from logo," 6 Jan. 2020 He was injured in combat 11 years ago, and after a series of reconstructive surgeries, decided to amputate his foot to maximize his function. STAT, "Surgeons test-drive the amputation of the future with a mail-order limb, rerouted nerve, and prosthetic hand that grips like the real thing," 12 Dec. 2019 The new surgery came about a week after Corero's right leg was amputated. Leigh Scheps, CBS News, "Nick Cordero's "Waitress" friends and co-stars sing "Live Your Life" to support his coronavirus recovery," 27 Apr. 2020

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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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26 May 2020

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“Amputate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amputate. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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