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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web They’re also vaccinated against Newcastle disease, a respiratory illness; infectious bronchitis; and acute necrotic proventriculitis, a viral disease that affects the immune system. Jen Christensen, CNN, 10 Mar. 2023 Once & Future observed that there is something rather…necrotic about our era of endless revamps and reboots of old material. Christian Holub,, 13 Dec. 2022 His feet became necrotic, meaning his tissue had died, according to the complaint. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 9 Nov. 2022 The venom from the recluse is a potent cytotoxin that can cause necrotic lesions that could take months to heal. al, 28 June 2022 In fact, when Betty died, some of the cells in her left lung were already necrotic, indicating that her lungs had been infected a few days prior to her death. Niran Al-agba, The New Republic, 21 Feb. 2022 While necrotic wounds were a regular occurrence, predation was not; since 2012, the researchers have lost just one Javan slow loris to a predator, which was a feral dog. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2020 The impatiens necrotic spot virus and the disease Pythium wilt have both been around for years. Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2022 Brown severed a 62-year-old patient's necrotic foot on May 27. Sarah Volpenhein, Journal Sentinel, 22 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 26 Mar. 2023.

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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