Origin of amputee

1905–10; amputat(ed) + -ee, modeled on French amputé, past participle of amputer to amputate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for amputee


  1. a person who has had a limb amputated
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Word Origin and History for amputee

1910, perhaps on a French model; see amputation + -ee.

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amputee in Medicine


  1. A person who has had one or more limbs removed by amputation.
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