- a gangrenous infection developing in wounds, especially deep wounds with closed spaces, caused by bacteria that form gases in the subcutaneous tissues.
Origin of gas gangrene
First recorded in 1910–15
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Gas-gangrene had set in and the stench was almost unendurable.
The next day the gas-gangrene appeared above the knee-joint.
- gangrene resulting from infection of a wound by anaerobic bacteria (esp Clostridium welchii) that cause gas bubbles and swelling in the surrounding tissues
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- A form of gangrene occurring in a wound infected with anaerobic bacteria, especially species of Clostridium, and characterized by the presence of gas in the affected tissue and constitutional septic symptoms.
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