Definition of amputate in English:

amputate

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

verb

[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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

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
More 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’.

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