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hospital gangrene

noun
1.
Pathology. a contagious, often fatal gangrene, especially involving amputation stumps and war wounds, occurring usually in crowded, ill-kept hospitals, and caused by putrefactive bacteria.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15
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