gangrene [ gang-green, gang- green ] SHOW IPA / ˈgæŋ grin, gæŋˈgrin / PHONETIC RESPELLING 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.
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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-gr uh-n uhs], /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
Gangrenous condition of the tongue, proceeding from a disordered liver, and mysteriously communicated to the brain.
The gangrenous variety begins with coldness and weakness of the extremities followed by
gangrene and sloughing.
The gangrenous spot over the left ilium is separating from the surrounding tissues.
Once, when left in sole charge of the hospital, he determined to amputate the leg of a Bhuttia suffering from gangrenous sores.
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 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
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Medical 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. Other words from gangrene gan ( ′gre•nous găng) ′grə-nəs adj.
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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 gangrene [ ( gang-green, gang- green) ]
The death and decay of body tissue owing to insufficient supply of
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