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

Definition of amputate in English:


[with object]
Cut off (a limb) by surgical operation: surgeons had to amputate her left hand
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.


Example sentences
  • 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’.


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

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

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