amputate

[ am-pyoo-teyt ]
/ ˈæm pyʊˌteɪt /

verb (used with object), am·pu·tat·ed, am·pu·tat·ing.

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.

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Origin of amputate

1630–40; < Latin amputātus pruned, trimmed (past participle of amputāre), equivalent to am(bi) around (cf. ambi-) + put- trim + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for amputation

amputate
/ (ˈæmpjʊˌteɪt) /

verb

surgery to remove (all or part of a limb, esp an arm or leg)

Derived forms of amputate

amputation, nounamputator, noun

Word Origin for amputate

C17: from Latin amputāre, from am- around + putāre to trim, prune
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Medical definitions for amputation (1 of 2)

amputation
[ ăm′pyu-tāshən ]

n.

Surgical removal of all or part of a limb, an organ, or projecting part or process of the body.
Traumatic or spontaneous loss of a limb, organ, or part.

Medical definitions for amputation (2 of 2)

amputate
[ ămpyu-tāt′ ]

v.

To cut off a part of the body, especially by surgery.
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