am·​pu·​tee | \ˌam-pyə-ˈtē \

Definition of amputee 

: one that has had a limb amputated

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While losing a limb is devastating to most people, amputees can and do live complete and full lives with assistance and education, said Karen Lundquist, a spokeswoman for the Amputee Coalition. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "At Harborview, where 175 limb amputations are performed yearly, a support group offers help," 8 Oct. 2018 The question is: would anyone who prefers not to live out their days as an amputee ride one of these things? Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Here are the finalists for Boeing’s $2 million ‘personal flying device’ contest," 14 June 2018 In his spare time, the popular pooch is making time for public appearances in support of fellow amputees. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Meet Deuce from Kentucky — he might just be the fastest dog on two legs," 11 July 2018 As an amputee who plays with one hand, Griffin’s dominant outing against Auburn in the Peach Bowl and his amazing performance at the NFL Scouting Combine made him one of the most notable stories of the NFL offseason. Mike Bianchi,, "Steve Spurrier: If Shaquem Griffin somehow gets cut by Seahawks, he'll be first draft pick of Orlando's new pro football team," 10 July 2018 An Army veteran and double amputee died Wednesday while paddle boarding in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Md., authorities said. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Double-amputee Army veteran dies while paddle boarding," 29 June 2018 In episode one, this man is Mike, a police officer and an amputee. Rebecca Farley,, "The Proposal Is A Disturbing Anti-Women Episode Of Next," 19 June 2018 One of the Desmond’s subjects, Lamar, who is a black single father, a Navy veteran and a double amputee, made $628 a month (roughly $7,500 a year). Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "This Exhibition Uses $586 to Tell the Story of American Eviction," 23 Apr. 2018 In December, the Nepal government banned double amputees and people who are blind from climbing mountains in effort to reduce the number of accidents. Meagan Flynn, ajc, "Double amputee who lost his feet climbing Everest 43 years ago finally reaches summit," 14 May 2018

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1910, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Medical Definition of amputee 

: one that has had a limb amputated

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