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

First Known Use of gas gangrene

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Gas gangrene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gas%20gangrene. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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