American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Gangrene occurring in a wound infected with bacteria of the genus Clostridium, especially C. perfringens, and characterized by the presence of gas in the affected tissue.
- n. (pathology) a deadly form of gangrene usually caused by clostridium bacteria that produce toxins that cause tissue death; can be used as a bioweapon
“Certainly Dr. Gebhardt, whose only recorded medical achievement is the highly un - Hippocratic feat of deliberately infecting Polish girls with gas gangrene at Ravensbrück, was no man for the valetu - dinarian.”
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