gangrene [ gang-green, gang- green] Pathology 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. RELATED WORDS disrepair
mortification Origin of gangrene 1535–45; < Middle French gangrene (earlier cancrene) < Latin gangraena < Greek gángraina ‘an eating sore’ Related forms gan·gre·nous , [ gang-gr uh-n uh s] /ˈgæŋ grə nəs/ adjective non·gan·gre·nous, adjective un·gan·grened, adjective un·gan·gre·nous, adjective
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I did a ten minute scene in his class: the guy who had
gangrene in his leg in The Snows of Kilimanjaro.
In Alabama, an arrested 19-year-old shoplifter got
gangrene and died naked on the floor of a “medical observation cell.”
Mixner almost died in February, after his lower intestine got twisted, leaving him with
gangrene in his heart and lungs.
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. Gangrene of the extremities was one of the symptoms of the plague of Athens as described by Thucydides.
His strength and flesh were so wasted that the hip whereon he lay was seized with a
From small quantities, frequently repeated,
gangrene of the extremities has resulted.
Strangely enough, the wound in my remaining arm, which still suppurated, was seized with
For Marius had gas
gangrene, and gangrene is death, and it was the smell of death that the others complained of. British Dictionary definitions for gangrene 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 gangrenous ( ˈɡæŋɡrɪnəs), adjective Word Origin for gangrene
C16: from Latin
gangraena, from Greek gangraina an eating sore; related to Greek gran to gnaw
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Word Origin and History for gangrene n.
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).
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Medicine definitions for gangrene gangrene [găng ′grēn′, găng-grēn ′] n. Death and decay of body tissue, often in a limb, caused by insufficient blood supply and usually following injury or disease. Related forms gan ( ′gre•nous găng) ′grə-nəs adj.
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Science 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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Culture definitions for gangrene gangrene [( gang-green, gang- green)]
The death and decay of body tissue owing to insufficient supply of
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