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amputate

[am-pyoo-teyt] /ˈæm pyʊˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), amputated, amputating.
1.
to cut off (all or part of a limb or digit of the body), as by surgery.
2.
to prune, lop off, or remove:
Because of space limitations the editor amputated the last two paragraphs of the news report.
3.
Obsolete. to prune, as branches of trees.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < Latin amputātus pruned, trimmed (past participle of amputāre), equivalent to am(bi) around (cf. ambi-) + put- trim + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
amputation, noun
amputative, adjective
amputator, noun
nonamputation, noun
postamputation, adjective
self-amputation, noun
unamputated, adjective
unamputative, adjective
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Examples from the web for amputation
  • From childhood he was afflicted with a tuberculous disease which finally necessitated the amputation of a foot.
  • They would do what they could to stop bleeding, if they had to do an amputation, they did an amputation.
  • Diabetic foot disease, caused by changes in blood vessels and nerves, often leads to ulceration and eventual amputation.
  • In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputation.
  • On the y-axis you see the responses to amputation and apostasy.
  • amputation may be needed, especially in those with diabetes or poor blood circulation.
  • But the amputation of sociologic, psychological and cognitive considerations makes good policy impossible.
  • If an arm or leg infection cannot be controlled, amputation of the limb may be considered.
  • It involved radiation for about six weeks, followed by an amputation.
  • amputation involves cutting off a body part, usually a limb or digit.
British Dictionary definitions for amputation

amputate

/ˈæmpjʊˌteɪt/
verb
1.
(surgery) to remove (all or part of a limb, esp an arm or leg)
Derived Forms
amputation, noun
amputator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin amputāre, from am- around + putāre to trim, prune
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Word Origin and History for amputation
n.

1610s, "a cutting off of tree branches, a pruning," also "operation of cutting off a limb, etc., of a body," from Middle French amputation or directly from Latin amputationem (nominative amputatio), noun of action from past participle stem of amputare "cut off, lop off; cut around, to prune," from am(bi)- "about" (see ambi-) + putare "to prune, trim" (see pave).

amputate

v.

1630s, back-formation from amputation or else from Latin amputatus, past participle of amputare "to cut off, to prune." Related: Amputated; amputating.

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amputation in Medicine

amputate am·pu·tate (ām'pyu-tāt')
v. am·pu·tat·ed, am·pu·tat·ing, am·pu·tates
To cut off a part of the body, especially by surgery.

amputation am·pu·ta·tion (ām'pyu-tā'shən)
n.

  1. Surgical removal of all or part of a limb, an organ, or projecting part or process of the body.

  2. Traumatic or spontaneous loss of a limb, organ, or part.

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