ne·​crot·​ic nə-ˈkrä-tik How to pronounce necrotic (audio)
: affected with, characterized by, or producing death of a usually localized area of living tissue : marked by necrosis
Necrotic lesions of the cornea may lead to permanent blindness or impaired vision.Tim Beardsley
… localized areas of skin become necrotic as a result of vascular calcification.Mark Lebwohl
Section of an ulcer shows a superficial layer of fibrin and necrotic debris which forms the slough …R. A. Cawson

Examples of necrotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Twig blight can make the branches of the camellia necrotic and turn leaves from green to pale yellow. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 28 Jan. 2024 Abusing alcohol also puts you at a greater risk of developing necrotic tissue. Cara Beth Lee, Verywell Health, 4 Jan. 2024 Some years ago, the adult child of a patient with a necrotic foot asked for a wound consult. Julie Roskamp, STAT, 24 Nov. 2023 Leaves develop any of several necrotic spots during our wet winters. oregonlive, 3 Apr. 2022 These bites turn necrotic, meaning blood flow gets shut down around the bite and cells that are deprived of oxygen start to die. Anna Nordseth, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2023 If left untreated, the wounds can become necrotic and require amputation, according to the DEA. Ashley Schwartz-Lavares, ABC News, 28 July 2023 It is commonly thought that hobo and brown recluse spiders cause necrotic bites in this state, when in fact the brown recluse is not found in Oregon and the hobo spider does not cause necrotic bites. oregonlive, 18 July 2023 Many toddlers have unwittingly discovered the phenomenon by allowing popsicles to rest too long against their cheeks, leaving them with inflamed, necrotic fat tissue. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 1 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of necrotic was in 1818

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Cite this Entry

“Necrotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


ne·​crot·​ic nə-ˈkrät-ik, ne- How to pronounce necrotic (audio)
: affected with, characterized by, or producing necrosis
a necrotic gallbladder
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