Definition of Necrosis

1. Noun. The localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply).

Exact synonyms: Gangrene, Mortification, Sphacelus
Generic synonyms: Death
Specialized synonyms: Myonecrosis
Derivative terms: Gangrenous, Mortify, Necrotic, Sphacelate

Definition of Necrosis

1. n. Mortification or gangrene of bone, or the death of a bone or portion of a bone in mass, as opposed to its death by molecular disintegration. See Caries.

Definition of Necrosis

1. Noun. (pathology) The localized death of cells or tissues through injury, disease, or the interruption of blood supply. ¹

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Definition of Necrosis

1. the death of living tissue [n -CROSES] : NECROTIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Necrosis

1. The sum of the morphological changes indicative of cell death and caused by the progressive degradative action of enzymes, it may affect groups of cells or part of a structure or an organ. Origin: Gr. Nekrosis = deadness This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Necrosis

necrosis (current term)
necrosis bacillus
necrotic angina
necrotic cirrhosis
necrotic cyst
necrotic infectious conjunctivitis
necrotic inflammation
necrotic pulp
necrotic rhinitis of pigs

Literary usage of Necrosis

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

1. The Science and Art of Surgery: A Treatise on Surgical Injuries, Diseases by John Eric Erichsen (1885)
"necrosis. The transition from Caries to necrosis is easy. Caries may be regard: as a condition closely analogous to ulcération of the soft tissues ..."

2. The U. S. Coal Industry, 1970-1990: Two Decades of ChangeTechn (1994)
"If the lesions of aseptic bone necrosis occur in the head of such bones as the femur (long leg bone) or humerus (bone of the upper arm), the weakened ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1874)
"necrosis of Bone.—The frequency of this affection may be readily ... necrosis would not be met with so frequently, if bone, like the soft parts, ..."

4. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1916)
"PANCREATIC necrosis The entire series of pancreatic lesions, from haemorrhage to gangrene, and from fat necrosis to pancreatic cyst, may result from tryptic ..."

5. The Journal of Experimental Medicine by Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1907)
"EXPERIMENTAL LIVER necrosis. ... It has seemed advisable, in connection with the other investigations of liver necrosis here presented, to discuss at this ..."

6. Principles of surgery by Nicholas Senn (1890)
"THE pathological and clinical classification of necrosis is based upon its ... The causes of necrosis have already been considered, and it has been shown ..."

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