gas gangrene

noun

Definition of gas gangrene

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

1914

First Known Use of gas gangrene

1914


Medical Dictionary

gas gangrene

noun

Medical Definition of gas gangrene

  1. :  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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