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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.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of hospital gangrene1

First recorded in 1805–15

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Example Sentences

Such terrible scourges as pyaemia and hospital gangrene were rife in all of them.

Scurvy, diarrhea, dysentery, and hospital gangrene were the prevailing diseases.

After my third week, an epidemic of hospital gangrene broke out in my ward.

Scurvy and hospital gangrene frequently existed in the same individual.

In such cases, vegetable diet, with vegetable acids, would remove the scorbutic condition without curing the hospital gangrene.

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