- to cut off (all or part of a limb or digit of the body), as by surgery.
- to prune, lop off, or remove: Because of space limitations the editor amputated the last two paragraphs of the news report.
- Obsolete. to prune, as branches of trees.
Origin of amputate
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Examples from the Web for amputate
If he amputate the disordered member, it is to save the life.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
They could not operate on Rochard and amputate his leg, as they wanted to do.The Backwash of War
Ellen N. La Motte
Pity one could not amputate her head, it would make a good woman of her.Poor Jack
We'll just put him to sleep for a minute while I amputate a leg.
It was necessary for old Doc Robbins to amputate both at the shoulders.Blue Ridge Country
- surgery to remove (all or part of a limb, esp an arm or leg)
C17: from Latin amputāre, from am- around + putāre to trim, prune
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Word Origin and History for amputate
1630s, back-formation from amputation or else from Latin amputatus, past participle of amputare "to cut off, to prune." Related: Amputated; amputating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To cut off a part of the body, especially by surgery.
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