sphacelus sphac·e·lus (sfās'ə-ləs)
A mass of sloughing, gangrenous, or necrotic matter.
His first treatise—on gangrene and sphacelus—quickly made him known, and went through eleven editions.
A part which has passed into the state of sphacelus is called a slough.
If sphacelus occurs, it should be treated on general surgical principles.
sphacelus ultimately takes place at the points of ecchymosis.