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

Definition of amputee

: one that has had a limb amputated

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There were 395 major limb amputees and of those, 65 returned to active duty. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Man With a Knife for an Arm," 14 Aug. 2018 Chelsea Werner, a gymnast and model with Down syndrome; Jillian Mercado, a model with spastic muscular dystrophy; and Mama Cax, a blogger, model, amputee, and disability advocate, all know this experience firsthand. Edward Lampley, Teen Vogue, "What It's Like to Be a Disabled Model in the Fashion Industry," 5 Sep. 2018 Many amputees still retain enough musculature to make this movement, but traditional prosthetics typically cant make use of this. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Cyborg Wrist Gives Unprecedented Motion to Amputees," 28 Nov. 2018 Newell, 32, a congenital amputee whose left arm ends just below his elbow, returned to competition last month after two-and-a-half years away and defeated Sonny Luque via first-round submission at LFA 35 to move his record to 14-1. Mmajunkie, USA TODAY, "Amputee fighter Nick Newell will appear on 'Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series," 25 Apr. 2018 Purdy, 38, who became a double amputee below the knee after contracting bacterial meningitis at age 19, put in a lot of hard work, both on and off the slopes, to achieve these accolades. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Paralympic Medalist Amy Purdy Trains to Be a World-Class Snowboarder," 12 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce amputee (audio) \

Medical Definition of amputee

: one that has had a limb amputated

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