hospital gangrene

noun
  1. Pathology. a contagious, often fatal gangrene, especially involving amputation stumps and war wounds, occurring usually in crowded, ill-kept hospitals, and caused by putrefactive bacteria.

Origin of hospital gangrene

First recorded in 1805–15
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