Definition of amputate in English:

amputate

Line breaks: am¦pu|tate
Pronunciation: /ˈampjʊteɪt
 
/

verb

[with object]

Derivatives

amputation

Pronunciation: /-ˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

amputator

noun
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  • Still, at least losing him won't endanger the very defence of our nation, in danger as it is of being overrun by foreign hoards, be they limb amputators, celibate pixies or harpoon-wielding Eskimos.
  • The sight of paratroopers and Gurkhas on the streets of Freetown sent a signal to the local population that they should not lose hope, that they would be offered protection from Sankoh's amputators.
  • The allegation arose because he wrote in a newspaper column that they were ‘limb amputators and women oppressors’.

Origin

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

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