am·​pu·​tee | \ ˌam-pyə-ˈtē How to pronounce amputee (audio) \

Definition of amputee

: one that has had a limb amputated

Examples of amputee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And though the company was established in the midst of the pandemic, its inspiration and purpose stems from its founder's experience as a bilateral amputee. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 23 May 2021 In today’s fashion ecosystem, an amputee pinup pouts from the pages of a swimsuit calendar and a young woman with Down syndrome stars in a Gucci beauty campaign. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 World Athletics have rejected an application from American double amputee Blake Leeper to run on particular running specific prostheses (RSPs), preventing him from competing in the Olympics or World Athletics events. Reuters, CNN, 27 Apr. 2021 Over the past decade, athletics officials have continually switched the methods used for determining how tall a double amputee should be when wearing running blades. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2021 Woodhall, 22, who was raised in Syracuse, Utah, achieved this as a double amputee. The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Mar. 2021 The amputee population isn't a huge one in the United States -- there are only about 2 million of us. Meg Dunn, CNN, 14 Apr. 2021 Double-amputee Oskana Masters, who trained for her first Olympic medal while rowing on the Ohio River, will be interviewed for HBO by correspondent Soledad O’Brien. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 23 Mar. 2021 Shriya Srinivasan, who earned a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School last year, is working to preserve an amputee’s natural sense of touch. Globe Staff,, 15 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of amputee

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amputee

amput(ate) + -ee entry 1

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The first known use of amputee was in 1910

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9 Jun 2021

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“Amputee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of amputee

: a person who has had an arm or leg amputated


am·​pu·​tee | \ ˌam-pyə-ˈtē How to pronounce amputee (audio) \

Medical Definition of amputee

: one that has had a limb amputated

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