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gangrene

noun gan·grene \ ˈgaŋ-ˌgrēn , gaŋ-ˈgrēn , ˈgan-ˌgrēn , gan-ˈgrēn \

Definition of gangrene

1 :local death of soft tissues due to loss of blood supply
2 :pervasive decay or corruption :rot
  • moral gangrene

gangrenous

play \ˈgaŋ-grə-nəs\ adjective

Examples of gangrene in a Sentence

  1. When gangrene set in, the soldier's leg had to be amputated.

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Origin and Etymology of gangrene

borrowed from Latin gangraena, gangrēna, borrowed from Greek gángraina, apparently derivative (with -aina, as in phagédaina "cancerous sore") of a base gangr-, of uncertain meaning and origin; replacing earlier and Middle English cancrene, borrowed from Medieval Latin cancrēna, blend of gangrēna and cancer cancer
Note: The supposed connection between gángraina and the verb gráō, grân "devour" (dissimilated from reduplicated *gar-gr-?) is derivationally not very plausible; as with other words formed with the suffix -aina, gángraina may be of pre-Greek origin.


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gangrene

verb

Definition of gangrene

gangrened; gangrening
transitive verb
:to make gangrenous
intransitive verb
:to become gangrenous

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Origin and Etymology of gangrene

derivative of 1gangrene


GANGRENE Defined for English Language Learners

gangrene

noun

Definition of gangrene for English Language Learners

  • medical : the decay of flesh that occurs in a part of the body that no longer has blood flowing to it


GANGRENE Defined for Kids

gangrene

noun gan·grene \ ˈgaŋ-ˌgrēn \

Definition of gangrene for Students

:death of body tissue when the blood supply is cut off

Medical Dictionary

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gangrene

noun gan·grene \ ˈgaŋ-ˌgrēn , gaŋ-ˈ , ˈgan-ˌ , gan-ˈ \

medical Definition of gangrene

:local death of soft tissues due to loss of blood supply

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gangrene

verb

medical Definition of gangrene

gangrened; gangrening
transitive verb
:to make gangrenous
intransitive verb
:to become gangrenous


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