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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amputationnoun

    a condition of disability resulting from the loss of one or more limbs

  2. amputationnoun

    a surgical removal of all or part of a limb


  1. amputationnoun

    surgical removal of all or part of a limb, etc.

  2. amputationnoun

    the loss of a limb, etc. through trauma

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amputationnoun

    the act of amputating; esp. the operation of cutting off a limb or projecting part of the body

    Etymology: [L. amputatio: cf. F. amputation.]


  1. Amputation

    Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma, prolonged constriction, or surgery. As a surgical measure, it is used to control pain or a disease process in the affected limb, such as malignancy or gangrene. In some cases, it is carried out on individuals as a preventative surgery for such problems. A special case is that of congenital amputation, a congenital disorder, where fetal limbs have been cut off by constrictive bands. In some countries, amputation of the hands, feet or other body parts is or was used as a form of punishment for people who committed crimes. Amputation has also been used as a tactic in war and acts of terrorism; it may also occur as a war injury. In some cultures and religions, minor amputations or mutilations are considered a ritual accomplishment. Unlike some non-mammalian animals, once removed, human extremities do not grow back, unlike portions of some organs, such as the liver. A transplant or a prosthesis are the only options for recovering the loss. In the US, the majority of new amputations occur due to complications of the vascular system, especially from diabetes. Between 1988 and 1996, there were an average of 133,735 hospital discharges for amputation per year in the US.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Amputation

    The removal of a limb or other appendage or outgrowth of the body. (Dorland, 28th ed)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amputation in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amputation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of amputation in a Sentence

  1. Paul Gaylord:

    If I close my eyes, it feels like they are still there, after the amputation, I was non-weight-bearing, so I laid in bed for a long time. I had several followup surgeries after the amputations, but now I'm doing good. I can do almost anything.

  2. Alma Faz:

    I'm in a wheelchair, post-amputation, having a CT scan, and it came to me that this is what I want to do, and this is where I want to do it, everybody was very caring and had a common goal for me. And so you can't put a price on that.

  3. Jeffrey Ortega:

    Five years ago, we asked doctors if amputation would be possible, i was ready for the surgery but then met someone else who had their foot amputated, and it scared me seeing them walking on their knees. I was a scared teenager, but last year I brought it up to doctors again.

  4. Philip Luther:

    The Iranian authorities’ prolific use of corporal punishment, including on children, demonstrates a shocking disregard for basic humanity, they should immediately abolish all forms of such punishment, which in Iran includes amputation and blinding as well as flogging.

  5. Gianluca Saetta:

    Interestingly, we found that the less gray matter in the right parietal region of the brain, the stronger the desire for amputation, and the more BID individuals acted as if they were amputees.

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    pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
    • A. affront
    • B. elate
    • C. abash
    • D. transpire

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