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gas gangrene

noun, Pathology
a gangrenous infection developing in wounds, especially deep wounds with closed spaces, caused by bacteria that form gases in the subcutaneous tissues.
Origin of gas gangrene
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • gas-gangrene had set in and the stench was almost unendurable.

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  • The next day the gas-gangrene appeared above the knee-joint.

    Combed Out Fritz August Voigt
British Dictionary definitions for gas-gangrene

gas gangrene

gangrene resulting from infection of a wound by anaerobic bacteria (esp Clostridium welchii) that cause gas bubbles and swelling in the surrounding tissues
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gas-gangrene in Medicine

gas gangrene n.
A form of gangrene occurring in a wound infected with anaerobic bacteria, especially species of Clostridium, and characterized by the presence of gas in the affected tissue and constitutional septic symptoms.

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