Definition of Gangrene

1. Noun. Necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass.




2. Verb. Undergo necrosis. "The tissue around the wound necrosed"
Exact synonyms: Mortify, Necrose, Sphacelate
Generic synonyms: Rot, Waste
Derivative terms: Mortification, Sphacelus, Sphacelus

3. Noun. The localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply).
Exact synonyms: Mortification, Necrosis, Sphacelus
Generic synonyms: Death
Specialized synonyms: Myonecrosis
Derivative terms: Gangrenous, Mortify, Necrotic, Sphacelate

Definition of Gangrene

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. & i. To produce gangrene in; to be affected with gangrene.

Definition of Gangrene

1. Noun. The necrosis or rotting of flesh, usually caused by lack of blood supply. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) A damaging or corrupting influence. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To produce gangrene in. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To be affected with gangrene. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gangrene

1. to suffer the loss of tissue in part of the body [v -GRENED, -GRENING, -GRENES]

Medical Definition of Gangrene

1. Death of tissue, usually in considerable mass and generally associated with loss of vascular (nutritive) supply and followed by bacterial invasion and putrefaction. Compare: necrosis. Origin: L. Gangraena, Gr. Gangraina = an eating sore This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gangrene

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gangplow
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gangrape
gangraping
gangrel
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gangrenate
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gangrenates
gangrenating
gangrene (current term)
gangrened
gangrenes
gangrenescent
gangrening
gangrenous
gangrenous appendicitis
gangrenous cellulitis
gangrenous emphysema
gangrenous pharyngitis
gangrenous pneumonia
gangrenous rhinitis
gangrenous stomatitis
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Literary usage of Gangrene

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Modern Surgery, General and Operative by John Chalmers Da Costa (1903)
"MORTIFICATION, or gangrene, is death in mass of a portion of the living body —the ... gangrene is in reality a form of necrosis, but clinically the term ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1847)
"The term gangrena senilis, gangrene of the aged, which hae generally been applied to this species of gangrene, is particularly objectionable, ..."

3. The Science and Art of Surgery: A Treatise on Surgical Injuries, Diseases by John Eric Erichsen, Marcus Beck (1884)
"The circulation in it ceased, aud gangrene speedily supervened, which extended as high as the knee. Death followed amputation of the limb. ..."

4. Medical lexicon by Robley Dunglison (1860)
"GANGRENA, gangrene —g. Alopecia, Alopecia—g. ... 'gangrene.' The state of being gangrenous or of becoming gangrenous. ..."

5. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1888)
"MY young friend, Dr. Charles B. Penrose, who, at the time, I did not know was one of our directors, told me not long ago that he had a case of gangrene in a ..."

6. Modern Surgery, General and Operative by John Chalmers Da Costa (1903)
"MORTIFICATION, or gangrene, is death in mass of a portion of the living body —the ... gangrene is in reality a form of necrosis, but clinically the term ..."

7. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1847)
"The term gangrena senilis, gangrene of the aged, which hae generally been applied to this species of gangrene, is particularly objectionable, ..."

8. The Science and Art of Surgery: A Treatise on Surgical Injuries, Diseases by John Eric Erichsen, Marcus Beck (1884)
"The circulation in it ceased, aud gangrene speedily supervened, which extended as high as the knee. Death followed amputation of the limb. ..."

9. Medical lexicon by Robley Dunglison (1860)
"GANGRENA, gangrene —g. Alopecia, Alopecia—g. ... 'gangrene.' The state of being gangrenous or of becoming gangrenous. ..."

10. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1888)
"MY young friend, Dr. Charles B. Penrose, who, at the time, I did not know was one of our directors, told me not long ago that he had a case of gangrene in a ..."

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