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gangrene

[ gang-green, gang-green ]
/ ˈgæŋ grin, gæŋˈgrin /
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noun
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.
verb (used with or without object), gan·grened, gan·gren·ing.
to affect or become affected with gangrene.

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Origin of gangrene

First recorded in 1535–45; from Middle French gangrene (earlier cancrene ), from Latin gangraena, from Greek gángraina “an eating sore”

OTHER WORDS FROM gangrene

gan·gre·nous [gang-gruh-nuhs], /ˈgæŋ grə nəs/, adjectivenon·gan·gre·nous, adjectiveun·gan·grened, adjectiveun·gan·gre·nous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gangrene

gangrene
/ (ˈɡæŋɡriːn) /

noun
death and decay of tissue as the result of interrupted blood supply, disease, or injury
moral decay or corruption
verb
to become or cause to become affected with gangrene

Derived forms of gangrene

gangrenous (ˈɡæŋɡrɪnəs), adjective

Word Origin for gangrene

C16: from Latin gangraena, from Greek gangraina an eating sore; related to Greek gran to gnaw
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for gangrene

gangrene
[ gănggrēn′ ]

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 American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for gangrene

gangrene
[ (gang-green, gang-green) ]

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.
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