amputate (third-person singular simple present amputates, present participle amputating, simple past and past participle amputated)
1.to cut off (all or part of a limb or digit of the body), as by surgery.
2.to prune, lop off, or remove, Because of space limitations the editor amputated the last two paragraphs of the news report.
3.Obsolete. to prune, as branches of trees.
1. (surgery) to remove (all or part of a limb, esp an arm or leg) Derived Formsamputation, nounamputator, noun Word OriginC17, from Latin amputāre, from am- around + putāre to trim, pruneCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1630s, back-formation from amputation or else from Latin amputatus, past participle of amputare "to cut off, to prune." Related, Amputated; amputating.
The surgeon should then wait until the "line of demarcation," linear ulceration, between the living and the dead part is evident,, and then, if the case permits, should amputate at a higher level..
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