gangrene

noun
gan·​grene | \ ˈgaŋ-ˌgrēn How to pronounce gangrene (audio) , gaŋ-ˈgrēn, ˈgan-ˌgrēn, gan-ˈgrēn How to pronounce gangrene (audio) \

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 How to pronounce gangrenous (audio) \ 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 He has been absolutely poisoned by allopathic medicine, and has gangrene in his leg caused by having taken shockingly large doses of rye ergot. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, "Suffering, Unfaltering Manet," 17 Nov. 2020 Doctors and her family knew early on that Tadych would likely lose one or more of her extremities to dry gangrene. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Beloved Salam Elementary kindergarten teacher rebuilding her life after losing both hands and a foot to sepsis," 12 Oct. 2020 At the country’s best hospital in Munich, 80 percent of all wounds were infected by hospital gangrene. Matt Beane, Wired, "To Adapt to Tech, We're Heading Into the Shadows," 8 June 2020 At work, cardiac arrests, cancer, and gangrene are normal for me. Clayton Dalton, The New Yorker, "The Risks of Normalizing the Coronavirus," 27 May 2020 Pictured, a patient with gangrene and necrosis, caused by plague. Jack Guy, CNN, "Why coronavirus lockdown could see 6.3 million more people get tuberculosis," 6 May 2020 Hospital staff ultimately decided that Lulu, who had developed gangrene in her hands and feet and whose organs had shut down, had no chance at recovery. Justine Van Der Leun, The New Republic, "Death of a Survivor," 3 May 2020 From reports of blue and purple discolouration in toes to sensitive blisters, as well as cases of gangrene and vascular lesions, visible signs of the coronavirus on skin are being observed more frequently. Asia Ewart, refinery29.com, "Skin Rashes Could Be A Potential Symptom Of COVID-19," 21 Apr. 2020 Promoting blood flow to legs and feet: Patients suffering from gangrene and ulcers on their feet and legs due to lack of blood flow risk having those parts amputated. Ginger Christ, cleveland, "Cleveland hospitals ‘get to the heart’ of new cardiac health innovations," 16 Feb. 2020 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 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

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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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The first known use of gangrene was in the 14th century

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24 Nov 2020

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“Gangrene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gangrene. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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gangrene

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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 How to pronounce gangrene (audio) \

Kids Definition of gangrene

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

gangrene

noun
gan·​grene | \ ˈgaŋ-ˌgrēn How to pronounce gangrene (audio) , gaŋ-ˈ How to pronounce gangrene (audio) , 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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