- 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
Examples from the Web for gangrenous
The reaction of the gangrenous matter in certain stages was alkaline.Andersonville, Volume 3
I speak to Carre in veiled words of the troublesome, gangrenous leg.The New Book Of Martyrs
Cameron found his gorge rise at the sight of the gangrenous ankle.The Patrol of the Sun Dance Trail
Never has this been tried—and man is ever at it—but what the end has been gangrenous and fatal.The Great Illusion
Their brains are gangrenous with memories of cancelled malice.Out To Win
- 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 and History for gangrenous
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.