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

Other Words from gangrene

Noun

gangrenous \ ˈgaŋ-​grə-​nəs How to pronounce gangrene (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 Investigations into an unusual number of deaths at the jail date back to at least 2015, including instances where inmates died from issues such as broken bones or gangrene. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 7 Feb. 2022 Some extremities might develop gangrene and require amputation. Chris Smith, BGR, 21 Feb. 2022 Most of her right leg was amputated in January 2011 because of gangrene. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, 12 Feb. 2022 The early stages of gangrene were beginning to show. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 Wet gangrene is a life-threatening emergency requiring immediate surgery. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 24 Aug. 2021 After multiple operations and suffering gangrene, doctors amputated two of his toes and half of a thumb. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 3 Nov. 2021 At the same time, in a somewhat obvious parallel, Nang’s father’s toe begins to blacken with gangrene that threatens to creep up his leg. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 22 Sep. 2021 Feal spent 11 weeks in the hospital, eventually developing gangrene, losing half of his foot and relearning how to walk. Tara Haelle, Scientific American, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the most extreme case, limbs that have succumbed to gangrene will be amputated. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, 31 May 2018 In the most extreme case, limbs that have succumbed to gangrene will be amputated. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, 31 May 2018 In the most extreme case, limbs that have succumbed to gangrene will be amputated. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, 31 May 2018 In the most extreme case, limbs that have succumbed to gangrene will be amputated. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, 31 May 2018 In the most extreme case, limbs that have succumbed to gangrene will be amputated. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, 31 May 2018 In the most extreme case, limbs that have succumbed to gangrene will be amputated. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, 31 May 2018 In the most extreme case, limbs that have succumbed to gangrene will be amputated. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, 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, 5 Apr. 2018 See More

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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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11 Apr 2022

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“Gangrene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gangrene. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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