gangrene

[gang-green, gang-green] Pathology.
noun
1.
necrosis or death of soft tissue due to obstructed circulation, usually followed by decomposition and putrefaction.
2.
moral or spiritual corruption and decadence that pervades an individual or group: “This church body has been afflicted with a spiritual gangrene that is poisoning our relationship with the Lord,” the preacher expostulated. decay, rot; depravity, degeneracy.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), gangrened, gangrening.
3.
to affect or become affected with gangrene.

Origin:
1535–45; < Middle French gangrene (earlier cancrene) < Latin gangraena < Greek gángraina ‘an eating sore’

gangrenous [gang-gruh-nuhs] , adjective
nongangrenous, adjective
ungangrened, adjective
ungangrenous, adjective
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gangrene (ˈɡæŋɡriːn)
 
n
1.  death and decay of tissue as the result of interrupted blood supply, disease, or injury
2.  moral decay or corruption
 
vb
3.  to become or cause to become affected with gangrene
 
[C16: from Latin gangraena, from Greek gangraina an eating sore; related to Greek gran to gnaw]
 
gangrenous
 
adj

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gangrene
1543, from L. gangræna, from Gk. gangraina "an eating or gnawing sore," lit. "that which eats away," reduplicated form of gran- "to gnaw," from PIE base *gras-.
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gangrene gan·grene (gāng'grēn', gāng-grēn')
n.
Death and decay of body tissue, often in a limb, caused by insufficient blood supply and usually following injury or disease.


gan'gre·nous (gāng'grə-nəs) adj.
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gangrene   (gāng'grēn')  Pronunciation Key 
Death of tissue in a living body, especially in a limb, caused by a bacterial infection resulting from a blockage of the blood supply to the affected tissue.
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gangrene [(gang-green, gang-green)]

The death and decay of body tissue owing to insufficient supply of blood.

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Example sentences
He has survived diphtheria, a gangrenous foot, and an appendix that ruptured while he was hunting.
The weakest part of the market has become gangrenous.
Perhaps you were unfazed by the removal of fatty deposits from a patient's neck and the amputation of a gangrenous foot.
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