verb (used with object), am·pu·tat·ed, am·pu·tat·ing.
- ampullar pregnancy,
- ampullary crest,
- amputation in continuity,
- amputation neuroma,
Origin of amputate
Examples from the Web for amputation
One year after the Boston bombing, a maimed survivor faces the choice of amputation.
KIEV, Ukraine—Outside Kiev, outside Ukraine, academics can ask if the country might be better off after the amputation of Crimea.
Like Lewis, Huxley lost his wife to cancer; he said it was like ‘an amputation’.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley|John Garth|November 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In some cases, Roth said, amputation is the only solution to “fixing” horrible infections or deformities.Illegal Butt Injections Are on the Rise and Women Are at Risk|Lizzie Crocker, Caitlin Dickson|October 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Gangrene is not curable by current medical intervention once past a certain point in its progression, except by amputation.
One poor fellow had his ears slit, and another received injuries which rendered the amputation of an arm necessary.Scenes and Adventures in Affghanistan|William Taylor
A successful excision, especially in arm, saves a limb nearly perfect; an amputation at best is only the stump for a wooden one.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery|Joseph Bell
Amputation and death stared its members in their gloomy faces.Elsie's Winter Trip|Martha Finley
Shady viewed this amputation closely and whined with anxiety as it proceeded.The Yellow Horde|Hal G. Evarts
The preservation of the skin is therefore a cardinal principle in the amputation of all parts in which it is at all feasible.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle|U.S. Department of Agriculture
Word Origin for amputate
1610s, "a cutting off of tree branches, a pruning," also "operation of cutting off a limb, etc., of a body," from Middle French amputation or directly from Latin amputationem (nominative amputatio), noun of action from past participle stem of amputare "cut off, lop off; cut around, to prune," from am(bi)- "about" (see ambi-) + putare "to prune, trim" (see pave).
1630s, back-formation from amputation or else from Latin amputatus, past participle of amputare "to cut off, to prune." Related: Amputated; amputating.