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

Well, the thing with trench feet is it’s basically gangrene. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Peter Jackson’s team made World War I footage look new," 15 Dec. 2018 Perez’s forearms and hands were amputated due to the gangrene that had been spreading on his limbs in the last few weeks, the family wrote on its GoFundMe page. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "New Jersey man who contracted flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing has forearms, hands amputated, family says," 16 Aug. 2018 Patients are at risk of the infection known as Fournier’s gangrene, an extremely rare but life-threatening bacterial infection of the tissue under the skin that surrounds the genital area, the FDA said in a statement. Fox News, "FDA warns of serious genital infection linked to certain diabetes drugs," 30 Aug. 2018 While Perez showed signs of improvement a couple weeks ago, his daughter said new infections have since emerged, causing gangrene to spread to both of his feet, hands and forearms. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "New Jersey fisherman with flesh-eating infection opting out of hospice care: He 'will continue to fight'," 6 Aug. 2018 Surgeons worked fast to beat pain and gangrene (so fast that in one case, Scottish surgeon Robert Liston cut off a man’s testicles in a rush to amputate his leg). Laura Kolbe, WSJ, "‘Under the Knife’ Review: The Kindest Cuts," 14 Nov. 2018 Wasser lost her right leg in 2012 after being nearly killed by toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a condition that impacts hundreds of women each year, and later had her left leg amputated in 2017 due to complications from gangrene. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Lauren Wasser, Fashion’s Girl With the Golden Legs, Made a Triumphant Return," 13 Sep. 2018 The infection that has been linked to these medications is called necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, or Fournier’s gangrene, and the FDA is now requiring that a warning be added to the prescribing information of these pills about this risk. Korin Miller, SELF, "The FDA Warns That Certain Type 2 Diabetes Meds Have Been Linked to a Rare Genital Infection," 30 Aug. 2018 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

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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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 \

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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