- Cut off (a limb), typically by surgical operation: surgeons had to amputate her left hand the wounded had to have legs or arms amputatedMore example sentences
cut off, sever, remove (surgically), dismember, saw/chop off
- If tissue damage is severe, a health care provider may need to remove the tissue surgically or amputate the limb.
- The dilemma of the surgeon being asked to amputate a healthy limb is similar.
- Fire chiefs have admitted that as soldiers are unable to use cutting gear, surgeons might have to amputate limbs of car crash victims at accident scenes.
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- Having trained as a general practitioner, she found herself having to perform caesarean sections, amputations, and even bowel surgery.
- Plus many more patients could avoid the need for arterial surgery, angioplasty, and amputations.
- Soon after amputation, many amputees feel the presence of a phantom limb or a feel that there is a limb where there isn't.
mid 16th century: from Latin amputat- 'lopped off', from amputare, from am- (for amb- 'around') + putare 'to prune'.