Definition of necrotize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɛkrətʌɪz/

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(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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  • Tumour cells proliferate only in vascularized regions, whereas in non-vascularized areas they necrotize as they do in animal/human tumours.
  • This block also prevents the muscular contraction from compressing and necrotizing the flap.
  • 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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