- necrosis or death of soft tissue due to obstructed circulation, usually followed by decomposition and putrefaction.
- moral or spiritual corruption and decadence that pervades an individual or group: “This church body has been afflicted with a spiritual gangrene that is poisoning our relationship with the Lord,” the preacher expostulated.
- to affect or become affected with gangrene.
Origin of gangrene
Related Words for gangrenedisrepair, corrosion, disintegration, impairment, decomposition, deterioration, blight, extinction, rot, degeneration, ruination, dilapidation, putrescence, dissolution, adulteration, decrease, fading, decadence, decline, mortification
Examples from the Web for gangrene
Contemporary Examples of gangrene
I did a ten minute scene in his class: the guy who had gangrene in his leg in The Snows of Kilimanjaro.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
In Alabama, an arrested 19-year-old shoplifter got gangrene and died naked on the floor of a “medical observation cell.”Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
Mixner almost died in February, after his lower intestine got twisted, leaving him with gangrene in his heart and lungs.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
The ideology of bigotry can be found all over Europe, in fact, and its ugliness is spreading like gangrene, especially in France.America’s Ambassadors of Hate
February 4, 2014
Gangrene is not curable by current medical intervention once past a certain point in its progression, except by amputation.Can Meditation Cure Disease?
December 25, 2010
Historical Examples of gangrene
This bed was empty, because gangrene had set in, and the patient had died but yesterday.The Uncommercial Traveller
He thought there had been gangrene and that it was going to fall off.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Of course, if gangrene occurs, the man is permanently invalided.1914
John French, Viscount of Ypres
If gangrene has set in and no doctor is available, then treat as a burn.Manual of Military Training
James A. Moss
Gangrene was in all the wards, the filth and foulness of the atmosphere were fearful.Woman's Work in the Civil War
Linus Pierpont Brockett
- death and decay of tissue as the result of interrupted blood supply, disease, or injury
- moral decay or corruption
- to become or cause to become affected with gangrene
Word Origin for gangrene
1540s, from Latin gangraena, from Greek gangraina "an eating or gnawing sore," literally "that which eats away," reduplicated form of gran- "to gnaw," from PIE root *gras- (see gastric).
- Death and decay of body tissue, often in a limb, caused by insufficient blood supply and usually following injury or disease.
- Death of tissue in a living body, especially in a limb, caused by a bacterial infection resulting from a blockage of the blood supply to the affected tissue.
The death and decay of body tissue owing to insufficient supply of blood.