gas gangrene

noun

Definition of gas gangrene

: progressive gangrene marked by impregnation of the dead and dying tissue with gas and caused by one or more toxin-producing clostridia

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Recent Examples on the Web It is called gas gangrene because the bacteria make gas, which can be felt under the skin. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 24 Aug. 2021

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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gas gangrene

noun

Medical Definition of gas gangrene

: progressive gangrene marked by impregnation of the dead and dying tissue with gas and caused by one or more toxin-producing bacteria of the genus Clostridium (especially C. perfringens synonym C. welchii) that enter the body through wounds and proliferate in necrotic tissue

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