gangrene

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

Having diabetes is a risk factor for developing Fournier’s gangrene. Fox News, "FDA warns of serious genital infection linked to certain diabetes drugs," 30 Aug. 2018 She was eventually diagnosed with a chronic leg ulcer which developed into gangrene. Mark Cardwell, Fox News, "Woman has leg amputated after infection from shaving cut," 19 July 2018 But in the First World War, the gangrene was the result of, basically, rotting feet. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Peter Jackson’s team made World War I footage look new," 15 Dec. 2018 Perez had both of his legs amputated because gangrene had been eating away at his legs for almost two months, Perez-Dilan said. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Man who contracted flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing has legs amputated, daughter says," 31 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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