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.
- 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
Gangrenous condition of the tongue, proceeding from a disordered liver, and mysteriously communicated to the brain.Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 8, May 21, 1870 | Various
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.Report on Surgery to the Santa Clara County Medical Society | Joseph Bradford Cox
Once, when left in sole charge of the hospital, he determined to amputate the leg of a Bhuttia suffering from gangrenous sores.Life in an Indian Outpost | Gordon Casserly
A quantity of gangrenous or decomposing matter may in such a case be carried from the surface into the circulation.The Action of Medicines in the System | Frederick William Headland
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.
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