American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Death and decay of body tissue, often occurring in a limb, caused by insufficient blood supply and usually following injury or disease.
- v. To affect or become affected with gangrene.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, a necrosis or mortification of soft tissues when the parts affected become dry, hard, and dark in color (dry gangrene or mummification), or when, remaining soft and moist, the parts fall a prey to septic organisms and undergo putrefaction (moist gangrene or sphacelus).
- n. In botany, a disease ending in putrid decay.
- To produce a gangrene in; mortify; hence, figuratively, to cause decay or destruction in.
- To become mortified.
- n. The necrosis or rotting of flesh, usually caused by lack of blood supply.
- n. figuratively A damaging or corrupting influence.
- v. transitive To produce gangrene in.
- v. intransitive To be affected with gangrene.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A term formerly restricted to mortification of the soft tissues which has not advanced so far as to produce complete loss of vitality; but now applied to mortification of the soft parts in any stage.
- v. To produce gangrene in; to be affected with gangrene.
- n. necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass
- n. the localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply)
- v. undergo necrosis
- From Latin gangraena ("gangrene"), from Ancient Greek γάγγραινα (gaggraina, "gangrene"), from γραίνειν (grainein, "gnaw"). (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin cancrēna, from Latin gangraena, gangrēna, from Greek gangraina. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I agree with you that I don't go out of my way to find organic, "natural," (gangrene is natural, right?) or biodynamic wines.”
“Nobody will starve, get dysentery, get gangrene from a minor wound, or die of battle exhaustion.”
“The gangrene is very high up in my leg and the open thigh wound wasn't getting better.”
“Dr. Rabinowitch examined him and his foot was black with gangrene from the ankle down.”
“The etymology of gangrene derives from the Latin word "gangraena" and from the Greek gangraina, which means "putrefaction of tissues".”
“Because this being all our hope, against this point did the devil make a vehement stand, and at one time he was wholly subverting it, at another his word was that it was "past already;" which also Paul writing to Timothy called a gangrene, I mean, this wicked doctrine, and those that brought it in he branded, saying,”
“In his opinion the true cause of the alteration of the cauliflower is the humid gangrene, that is to say, a gummy degeneration and putrid fermentation of the tissues, caused by the abundance of manure in the soil and the excess of water in the plant at a time when it is subject to sudden changes of temperature.”
“These effects are not merely negative: though it would be much, merely to check the farther progress of a gangrene, which is eating out the very vital principles of our social and political existence.”
“This type of gangrene occurs when blood flow to an internal organ is blocked.”
“On May 31 the femoral artery was ligatured just above its communication with the vein, and as this stopped all pulsation in the vein, it was decided to postpone ligature of the latter to a subsequent occasion, if it should ever be necessary; such a procedure would, it was thought, interfere less with the circulation of the limb, and would therefore be less likely to be followed by gangrene, which is so frequent a result of high ligature of the femoral.”
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