[ nuh-kroh-sis, ne- ]
/ nəˈkroʊ sɪs, nɛ- /


death of a circumscribed portion of animal or plant tissue.

Origin of necrosis

1655–65; < New Latin < Greek nékrōsis mortification, state of death. See necr(o)-, -osis


ne·crot·ic [nuh-krot-ik, ne-] /nəˈkrɒt ɪk, nɛ-/, adjectivepost·ne·crot·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for necrotic

/ (nɛˈkrəʊsɪs) /


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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Medicine definitions for necrotic

[ 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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Science definitions for necrotic

[ 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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