Examples of gangrene in a Sentence
When gangrene set in, the soldier's leg had to be amputated.
Origin and Etymology of gangrene
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 ◆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.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of gangrene
: to make gangrenous
: to become gangrenous
GANGRENE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gangrene for English Language Learners
medical : the decay of flesh that occurs in a part of the body that no longer has blood flowing to it
GANGRENE Defined for Kids
Definition of gangrene for Students
: death of body tissue when the blood supply is cut off
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