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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day deictic
Pronunciation: ˈdīktik
denoting a word whose meaning depends on context...