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

The disease causes a plethora of blood clots that have lead to Marie contracting gangrene and necrosis. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Wakes from Coma to Find Legs and Arms Have Been Amputated Due to an Infection from Dog Saliva," 1 Aug. 2019 Others develop gangrene in their feet due to poor circulation. Dennis Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Poor circulation in legs? Statin meds may keep you living longer.," 9 Sep. 2019 Matthew Kenyon has been having ongoing struggles after being diagnosed with gangrene nearly a year ago that developed into a spinal infection. Fox News, "Homeless Colorado veteran receives donated car to help with doctor's appointments," 1 July 2019 Thus the leaders label people like me — someone’s child, or parent, or friend, or spouse — as mentally diseased, depraved, a dog that has returned to its own vomit, lower than a snake, poisoned, like gangrene that needs to be amputated. Amber Scorah, BostonGlobe.com, "Losing my religion," 8 Aug. 2019 In one case, the hospice didn’t treat ulcers on a patient’s heels, and an amputation was required after gangrene set in. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: After my mother’s disastrous hospice experience, we filed a state complaint. It came to nothing," 10 Aug. 2019 His Norwegian father lost his hand after an infection from a cut turned gangrene causing him to lose his carpentry job. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Ninety-four-year-old launches Boutwell’s Bountiful Bath Baskets to give back to St. Paul mission," 31 July 2019 Investigators uncovered shocking examples of poor care or abuse that included the following: A patient’s wounds were not treated properly resulting in gangrene and the patient’s leg having to be amputated. Michael Kosnar, NBC News, "Hundreds of hospice centers in U.S. get failing grades," 9 July 2019 Additionally, only claims stemming from high-risk diagnosis codes, such as treatment for lacerations, fractures, poisoning and gangrene were included in the overview. Christine Sexton, sun-sentinel.com, "Neglect and abuse reported among nursing home Medicaid patients," 13 June 2019

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 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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