gangrene

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

Definition of gangrene 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : pervasive decay or corruption : rot moral gangrene

gangrene

verb
gangrened; gangrening

Definition of gangrene (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become gangrenous

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Other Words from gangrene

Noun

gangrenous \ˈgaŋ-grə-nəs \ adjective

Examples of gangrene in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her leg, pierced by a bullet, was mangled and infected with gangrene. Eric Adler, kansascity, "Mother pushed daughter off train to save her from Nazis. This song tells their story | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 Her limbs reportedly then developed gangrene and her body tissue died, which Malec said occurred after hospital staff didn’t recognize the warning signs of her sepsis. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Mom has arm, fingers, both legs cut off after doctors failed to spot deadly disease," 11 Mar. 2018 Fred was 87, living alone in a walk-up apartment in Brooklyn, in the process of losing two toes to gangrene. John Leland, Health.com, "I Never Understand What Gratitude Really Meant—Until I Met This 87-Year-Old Man," 22 Feb. 2018 Diabetes apps can change the way patients cope, by monitoring blood-glucose levels and food intake, potentially reducing long-run harm such as blindness and gangrene. The Economist, "Data and medicineA revolution in health care is coming," 1 Feb. 2018 However, a variety of complications - infection included - almost led the midfielder to have to have his right foot amputated before doctors managed to eliminate the gangrene in his foot. SI.com, "Santi Cazorla Reveals How Nightmare Achilles Injury Almost Forced Him to Retire," 24 Jan. 2018 By Monday there was a line of ambulances five deep as hospital staff raced to triage arrivals with hypothermia and gangrene, or in desperate need of dialysis, Dr. Bertini said. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "Harvey Puts One Texas Hospital’s ‘Code Brown’ Plan to the Test," 7 Sep. 2017 The infirmary was beset with the usual epidemics of hospital gangrene. John J. Ross, WSJ, "Review: ‘The Butchering Art’ Resurrects Joseph Lister," 13 Oct. 2017 Aside from the 70 animal attacks, multiple floods, cases of feline illness, a complete collapse of their budget, Marshall's gangrene spell, numerous wildfires, and Griffith's facial reconstructive surgery, everything went according to plan. Matt Patches, Esquire, "Looking Back at Roar, a Shocking, Lion-Filled 1981 Movie You've Never Seen (Yet)," 2 Apr. 2015

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the most extreme case, limbs that have succumbed to gangrene will be amputated. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "What Is Sepsis? The Frightening Condition That Killed Chicago Fire Actress DuShon Monique Brown," 31 May 2018 In the most extreme case, limbs that have succumbed to gangrene will be amputated. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "What Is Sepsis? The Frightening Condition That Killed Chicago Fire Actress DuShon Monique Brown," 31 May 2018 In the most extreme case, limbs that have succumbed to gangrene will be amputated. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "What Is Sepsis? The Frightening Condition That Killed Chicago Fire Actress DuShon Monique Brown," 31 May 2018 In the most extreme case, limbs that have succumbed to gangrene will be amputated. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "What Is Sepsis? The Frightening Condition That Killed Chicago Fire Actress DuShon Monique Brown," 31 May 2018 In the most extreme case, limbs that have succumbed to gangrene will be amputated. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "What Is Sepsis? The Frightening Condition That Killed Chicago Fire Actress DuShon Monique Brown," 31 May 2018 In the most extreme case, limbs that have succumbed to gangrene will be amputated. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "What Is Sepsis? The Frightening Condition That Killed Chicago Fire Actress DuShon Monique Brown," 31 May 2018 There’s more, though, than just the death of a child poisoning Michael, some secret nugget of shame gangrening his heart. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Israeli film 'Foxtrot' is captivating, if incomplete," 5 Apr. 2018 In the most extreme case, limbs that have succumbed to gangrene will be amputated. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "How to Protect Your Kids—and Yourself—from Sepsis Following the Tragic Death of 12-Year-Old Boy," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of gangrene

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1597, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for gangrene

Noun

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.

Verb

derivative of gangrene entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of gangrene

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

gangrene

noun
gan·grene | \ˈgaŋ-ˌgrēn \

Kids Definition of gangrene

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

gangrene

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

Medical Definition of gangrene 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

gangrene

verb
gangrened; gangrening

Medical Definition of gangrene (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become gangrenous

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