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 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 In 2012, Saheli died of gangrene from an infection caused by her chains, leaving Kaavan alone. Rachel Nuwer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Cher Helped Rescue the World’s Loneliest Elephant," 21 Apr. 2021 Republicans will try to deflect away from this political gangrene with all kinds of whataboutism. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, "Washington rewards bizarre behavior," 12 Apr. 2021 Fournier has made this joke on Twitter before, a reference to a rare form of gangrene that goes by the same name. BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics complete deal for Evan Fournier using Hayward trade exception, ship Daniel Theis to Bulls," 25 Mar. 2021 Calloway survived advanced breast cancer in 1975 — in the wake of a radical mastectomy, her hair not only didn’t fall out, but grew — and a more recent bacterial infection that caused gangrene. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Still preaching at 96: Pentecostal pastor who pioneered female leadership inspires in Baltimore and beyond," 26 Feb. 2021 The patient was a man in his eighties with a battery of health conditions, including gangrene. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, "Overworked, Underpaid, and Cutting Corners: The Crisis in Home Health Care," 9 Feb. 2021 As per the notification, Ayurvedic doctors are now allowed to perform complicated surgery such as excisions of benign tumours, amputation of gangrene, and nasal among others. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Indian doctors strike to save “modern medicine” from a risky fusion with alternative medicine," 10 Dec. 2020 Manet died, aged fifty-one, on the evening of April 30, 1883, ten days after his left leg had been amputated to stem the gangrene with which it was infected. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, "Suffering, Unfaltering Manet," 17 Nov. 2020 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 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gangrene. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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gangrene

noun

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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