gas gangrene

  1. 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

Words Nearby gas gangrene Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use gas gangrene in a sentence

  • The next day the gas-gangrene appeared above the knee-joint.

    Combed Out | Fritz August Voigt

British Dictionary definitions for gas gangrene

gas gangrene

  1. 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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