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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amputation(noun)

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

  2. amputation(noun)

    a surgical removal of all or part of a limb


  1. amputation(Noun)

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

  2. amputation(Noun)

    the loss of a limb, etc. through trauma

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amputation(noun)

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

  2. Origin: [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. Linda Rosenthal:

    It’s really an amputation, it’s like if you amputated your finger or your toe at the last joint.

  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. 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.

  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. Lucinda Marker:

    What blew John Tull away was the loss of time. John Tull missed Thanksgiving and Christmas, the reality of amputation didn't really sink into John Tull yet, because up until that point John Tull couldn't see John Tull feet. It wasn't until the rehab months it all sunk in.

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