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[am-pyoo-tee] /ˌæm pyʊˈti/
a person who has lost all or part of an arm, hand, leg, etc., by amputation.
Origin of amputee
1905-10; amput(ated) + -ee, modeled on French amputé, past participle of amputer to amputate Unabridged
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Examples from the web for amputee
  • He knew that nerves in an amputee's stump could still carry signals from the brain.
  • The prosthetic hand has movable digits, which enabled an amputee soldier to build a model of a wooden boat.
  • They realize that life as an amputee will not be easy.
  • The sense of urgency felt on the battlefield or in the amputee wards enters living rooms via nightly news coverage.
  • In essence, each amputee's brain reshaped his understanding of where his body was.
  • But he's a right hand amputee, and has a prosthetic limb.
  • Halls and doorways are extra wide, all the furniture is movable, and even the bathroom fixtures are amputee-friendly.
  • amputee creates a tattoo that makes his shoulder become a dolphin.
  • Optimizing medical care for the combat amputee is a complex task.
British Dictionary definitions for amputee


a person who has had a limb amputated
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Word Origin and History for amputee

1910, perhaps on a French model; see amputation + -ee.

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amputee in Medicine

amputee am·pu·tee (ām'pyu-tē')
A person who has had one or more limbs removed by amputation.

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