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necrosis

[ nuh-kroh-sis, ne- ]
/ nəˈkroʊ sɪs, nɛ- /
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noun
death of a circumscribed portion of animal or plant tissue.

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Origin of necrosis

First recorded in 1655–65; from New Latin, from Greek nékrōsis “mortification, state of death”; see origin at necr-, -osis

OTHER WORDS FROM necrosis

ne·crot·ic [nuh-krot-ik, ne-], /nəˈkrɒt ɪk, nɛ-/, adjective
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How to use necrosis in a sentence

  • I’ve had ultrasounds looking for unexplained swelling, and hip X-rays searching for signs of avascular necrosis—you know, outright pelvic bone death.

  • Necrosis of bone may be the result of any injury, such as severe blows, or pricks and stabs.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot|Harry Caulton Reeks
  • Necrosis of the bones of the nose may take place, in which case the discharge becomes peculiarly offensive.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for necrosis

necrosis
/ (nɛˈkrəʊsɪs) /

noun
the death of one or more cells in the body, usually within a localized area, as from an interruption of the blood supply to that part
death of plant tissue due to disease, frost, etc

Derived forms of necrosis

necrotic (nɛˈkrɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for necrosis

C17: New Latin from Greek nekrōsis, from nekroun to kill, from nekros corpse
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Medical definitions for necrosis

necrosis
[ nə-krōsĭs ]

n. pl. ne•cro•ses (-sēz′)
Death of cells or tissues through injury or disease, especially in a localized area of the body.

Other words from necrosis

ne•crotic (-krŏtĭk) adj.
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Scientific definitions for necrosis

necrosis
[ nə-krōsĭs ]

The death of cells or tissues from severe injury or disease, especially in a localized area of the body. Causes of necrosis include inadequate blood supply (as in infarcted tissue), bacterial infection, traumatic injury, and hyperthermia.

Other words from necrosis

necrotic adjective (nə-krŏtĭk)
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