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[nuh-kroh-sis, ne-] /nəˈkroʊ sɪs, nɛ-/
death of a circumscribed portion of animal or plant tissue.
1655-65; < New Latin < Greek nékrōsis mortification, state of death. See necr(o)-, -osis
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[nuh-krot-ik, ne-] /nəˈkrɒt ɪk, nɛ-/ (Show IPA),
postnecrotic, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for necrosis


the death of one or more cells in the body, usually within a localized area, as from an interruption of the blood supply to that part
death of plant tissue due to disease, frost, etc
Derived Forms
necrotic (nɛˈkrɒtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: New Latin from Greek nekrōsis, from nekroun to kill, from nekros corpse
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Word Origin and History for necrosis

"death of bodily tissue," 1660s, from Greek nekrosis "a becoming dead, state of death," from nekroun "make dead," from nekros "dead body" (see necro-). Related: Necrotic.

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necrosis in Medicine

necrosis ne·cro·sis (nə-krō'sĭs, ně-)
n. pl. ne·cro·ses (-sēz')
Death of cells or tissues through injury or disease, especially in a localized area of the body.

ne·crot'ic (-krŏt'ĭk) adj.
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necrosis in Science
The death of cells or tissues from severe injury or disease, especially in a localized area of the body. Causes of necrosis include inadequate blood supply (as in infarcted tissue), bacterial infection, traumatic injury, and hyperthermia.

necrotic adjective (nə-krŏt'ĭk)
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Encyclopedia Article for necrosis

death of a circumscribed area of plant or animal tissue as a result of an outside agent; natural death of tissue is called necrobiosis. Necrosis may follow a wide variety of injuries, both physical (cuts, burns, bruises) and biological (effects of disease-causing agents). The sign of necrosis-dead tissue-is called a lesion; it is often of diagnostic value. Necrosis is brought about by intracellular enzymes that are activated upon injury and proceed to destroy damaged cells

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