Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To undergo or cause to undergo necrosis.

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  • v. To become necrotic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To affect with necrosis; to undergo necrosis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be or become affected with necrosis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. undergo necrosis

Etymologies

Back-formation from necrosis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Actinomycin D was so toxic that it had to be heavily diluted in saline; if even minute amounts leaked out of the veins, then the skin around the leak would necrose and turn black.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • So far, when introducing these sugars for a few weeks or months, they are seeing the body produce stem cells (new ones actually visible in the blood stream!) to rebuild damaged nerves, secrete a substance naturally made as a result of one of these sugars being ingested, which causes cancerous tumours to necrose, turn black, and break down (!!), fight off the AIDS and HIV viruses, and further incredible stuff.

    sheepdip Diary Entry

  • One of the big concerns, actually, from these bites is that the skin surrounding the bite might actually die or necrose.

    CNN Transcript Feb 9, 2003

  • There are also bacilli that are capable of multiplying in tissues and so irritating them as to cause them to die (necrose) without forming pus.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • After a while, the tissue begins to necrose (die).

    The Acorn

  • (necrose) from want of blood and cause a serious quittor, or fistula.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

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