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 Fox News host Tucker Carlson questioned Senator Tammy Duckworth's patriotism, and the Iraq War veteran and double amputee has now responded. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Sen. Tammy Duckworth responds after Tucker Carlson suggests she hates America," 8 July 2020 All survived, but the fiery crash left Duckworth a double-amputee and, later, the recipient of a Purple Heart. Stuart Emmrich, Vogue, "Tammy Duckworth Lost Both Her Legs in Iraq. But to Tucker Carlson, She Is ’Deeply Silly’ and ‘a Coward.’," 8 July 2020 Earlier this month a veteran who is a double amputee was sentenced to 25 years in prison for a shooting rampage in a Florida VA hospital emergency room in 2019, wounding several people. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man with gun is shot and killed at Zablocki VA by officer," 6 July 2020 Another man, a double amputee, sued American Airlines in 2017, saying the airline called the police on him for hobbling down the aisle of an airplane and accused him of being intoxicated. Dallas News, "Amputee says American Airlines crew told her to ‘scoot’ down airplane aisle to use bathroom," 16 June 2020 In Uganda, the Comprehensive Rehabilitations Services hospital worked with a consortium of Canadian organizations to trial 3D printing of prosthetic limbs for amputees. Neha Wadekar, Quartz Africa, "Kenya’s 3D printing community is making Covid-19 equipment to fill a deficit as caseloads rise," 15 Apr. 2020 At the local hospital, amputees, orphans and widows waited outside the director’s office. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Reporting on a deadly airstrike in Afghanistan," 9 Jan. 2020 Will bionic limbs provide amputees with durable freedom of movement? Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, "How the Obscure Science of Rubbing Built the Past and Will Shape the Future," 7 Apr. 2020 Up until this point, researchers have succeeded in giving amputees control over robotic hands by measuring nerve activity in the residual limb. Matt Simon, Wired, "A Deft Robotic Hand That’d Make Luke Skywalker Proud," 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of amputee

1910, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2020

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“Amputee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of amputee

: a person who has had an arm or leg amputated


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Medical Definition of amputee

: one that has had a limb amputated

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