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.
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- gan·gre·nous [gang-gruh-nuhs], /ˈgæŋ grə nəs/, adjective
- non·gan·gre·nous, adjective
- un·gan·grened, adjective
- un·gan·gre·nous, adjective
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How to use gangrene in a sentence
Ganesh Manudhane, a Mumbai cardiologist, told Bloomberg in June that he has seen increasing cases of microthrombi, which are clots in small blood vessels, so severe that gangrene develops, which can be life-threatening.A guide to delta, delta-plus, lambda, and other infectious coronavirus variants | empire | August 24, 2021 | Popular-Science
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 | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Tina Brown | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Tim Teeman | October 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The ideology of bigotry can be found all over Europe, in fact, and its ugliness is spreading like gangrene, especially in France.
gangrene is not curable by current medical intervention once past a certain point in its progression, except by amputation.
It, or a similar bacillus, is sometimes found in the sputum of gangrene of the lung.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
He thought about things like lock-jaw and gangrene and his hand trembled as he tied his pocket-handkerchief around the wound.Time Enough at Last | Lyn Venable
Only the new antibiotics he had taken along, had kept the gangrene from killing him.The Planet Strappers | Raymond Zinke Gallun
His first treatise—on gangrene and sphacelus—quickly made him known, and went through eleven editions.An Epitome of the History of Medicine | Roswell Park
It was as likely as not a charge of buck-shot low down in the body, leaving the rest to hemorrhage or gangrene.The Isle of Unrest | Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for gangrene
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
- gangrenous (ˈɡæŋɡrɪnəs), adjective
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Scientific definitions for gangrene
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.
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Cultural definitions for gangrene
The death and decay of body tissue owing to insufficient supply of blood.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.