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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Wilkerson said of her now-husband who had his arm amputated before being declared cancer-free. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Childhood cancer survivors wed at hospital they met in 25 years later," 24 Sep. 2018 Wasser lost her right leg in 2012 after being nearly killed by toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a condition that impacts hundreds of women each year, and later had her left leg amputated in 2017 due to complications from gangrene. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Lauren Wasser, Fashion’s Girl With the Golden Legs, Made a Triumphant Return," 13 Sep. 2018 Ruiz, 17, decided to have the leg amputated below the knee in February, according to ABC7 KABC. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Drew Brees Presents Prosthetic to High School QB Who Had His Leg Amputated," 17 May 2018 Later that day, doctors amputated both of her legs; the kids survived without a scratch. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 Perez had both of his legs amputated because gangrene had been eating away at his legs for almost two months, Perez-Dilan said. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Man who contracted flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing has legs amputated, daughter says," 31 Aug. 2018 Surgeons worked fast to beat pain and gangrene (so fast that in one case, Scottish surgeon Robert Liston cut off a man’s testicles in a rush to amputate his leg). Laura Kolbe, WSJ, "‘Under the Knife’ Review: The Kindest Cuts," 14 Nov. 2018 Doctors gave Ledford treatment options including to amputate Odin's paw or chemotherapy, but that would only give limited quantity to his life and not improve the quality. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Odin's bucket list: This dying St. Bernard is living his best life in his last days, thanks to owner," 5 July 2018 The evil doctor then abducts her and keeps her captive in his home, Misery-style, eventually amputating her limbs one by one. Ashley Nkadi, Teen Vogue, "15 Scary Movies Directed by Women Perfect for Halloween," 30 Oct. 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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