Definition of necrotize in English:


Line breaks: necro|tize
Pronunciation: /ˈnɛkrətʌɪz
(also necrotise)


  • (With reference to cells) die or cause to die owing to disease, injury, or failure of the blood supply: [no object]: the cells tend to ulcerate and necrotize [with object]: scans showed that most of her brain had been necrotized
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    • Locally the soft tissues can rapidly necrotize.
    • They are known to have a great ability to invade and to necrotize tissue.
    • The focused sound waves result in an increase of temperature, and its thermal energy increases to necrotize tumor cells.


early 20th century: from necrotic + -ize.

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