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amputate Syllabification: am·pu·tate
Pronunciation: /ˈampyəˌtāt/

Definition of amputate in English:

verb

[with object]
Cut off (a limb), typically by surgical operation: surgeons had to amputate her left hand the wounded had to have legs or arms amputated
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
cut off, sever, remove (surgically), dismember, saw/chop off

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin amputat- 'lopped off', from amputare, from am- (for amb- 'around') + putare 'to prune'.

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  • This is from the Latin verb amputare ‘lop off’, based on putare ‘to prune’.

Words that rhyme with amputate

permutate • orientate

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