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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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 The injury left his hand completely disfigured and led to his index figure being amputated. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "NFL Star Jason Pierre-Paul Shares Gruesome Hand Injury Photos to Warn Others About Firework Safety," 4 July 2018 Winter can’t because the female dolphin rescued in 2005 was found entangled in crab trap line that led to her tail being amputated. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Pinellas County: Winter and Hope hold court," 6 May 2018 The alternative to a foot prosthetic was to amputate the leg below the knee. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Sean English to receive Courage Award at Detroit Free Press Sports Awards," 18 May 2018 Doctors amputated her damaged feet and part of her lower legs. Susie Armitage, SELF, "This Is How an Aerial Performer Restarted Her Career After Having Both Feet Amputated," 23 Jan. 2019 In 1124, King Henry I of England attempted to restore confidence in the country’s money by having the mint-makers publicly castrated and their right hands amputated for producing substandard coins. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The High Cost of Financial Panics," 10 Jan. 2019 Twenty-five days after the initial surgery, doctors amputated his entire left forearm. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Raw Seafood Reportedly Led to Amputation for One Man," 30 Aug. 2018 Stocksy Sorry to horrify you, my perfectly polished friends, but one incredibly unlucky woman in North Carolina almost had her leg amputated after getting an infection from a pedicure. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Woman's Pedicure Infection Almost Results in Leg Amputation," 24 July 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 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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