What does gangrene mean?

Definitions for gangrene
ˈgæŋ grin, gæŋˈgringan·grene

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gangrene, sphacelus, sloughnoun

    necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass

  2. necrosis, mortification, gangrene, sphacelusverb

    the localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply)

  3. necrose, gangrene, mortify, sphacelateverb

    undergo necrosis

    "the tissue around the wound necrosed"


  1. gangrenenoun

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

    If gangrene sets in, we may have to amputate the foot.

  2. gangrenenoun

    A damaging or corrupting influence.

  3. gangreneverb

    To produce gangrene in.

  4. gangreneverb

    To be affected with gangrene.

  5. Etymology: From gangraena, from γάγγραινα, from γραίνειν.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GANGRENEnoun

    A mortification; a stoppage of circulation followed by putrefaction.

    Etymology: gangrene, Fr. gangrœna, Lat.

    This experiment may be transferred unto the cure of gangrenes, either coming of themselves, or induced by too much applying of opiates. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    She saves the lover, as we gangrenes stay,
    By cutting hope, like a lopt limb, away. Edmund Waller.

    A discolouring in the part was supposed an approach of a gangrene. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    If the substance of the soul is festered with these passions, the gangrene is gone too far to be ever cured: the inflammation will rage to all eternity. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

  2. To Gangreneverb

    To corrupt to mortification.

    Etymology: gangrener, French, from the noun.

    In cold countries, when men’s noses and ears are mortified, and, as it were, gangrened with cold, if they come to a fire they rot off presently; for that the few spirits, that remain in those parts, are suddenly drawn forth, and so putrefaction is made complete. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Gangren’d members must be lop’d away,
    Before the nobler parts are tainted to decay. Dryden.

  3. To Gangreneverb

    To become mortified.

    My griefs not only pain me
    As a ling’ring disease;
    But finding no redress, ferment and rage,
    Nor less than wounds immedicable
    Rankle and fester, and gangrene
    To black mortification. John Milton, Agonistes.

    As phlegmons are subject to mortification, so also in fat bodies they are apt to gangrene after opening, if that fat be not speedily digested out. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gangrenenoun

    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. Gangrene

    to produce gangrene in; to be affected with gangrene

  3. Etymology: [F. gangrne, L. gangraena, fr. Gr. , fr. to gnaw, eat; cf. Skr. gras, gar, to devour, and E. voracious, also canker, n., in sense 3.]


  1. Gangrene

    Gangrene is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that arises when a considerable mass of body tissue dies. This may occur after an injury or infection, or in people suffering from any chronic health problem affecting blood circulation. The primary cause of gangrene is reduced blood supply to the affected tissues, which results in cell death. Diabetes and long-term smoking increase the risk of suffering from gangrene. There are different types of gangrene with different symptoms, such as dry gangrene, wet gangrene, gas gangrene, internal gangrene and necrotizing fasciitis. Treatment options include debridement of the affected body parts, antibiotics, vascular surgery, maggot therapy or hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gangrene

    gang′grēn, n. loss of vitality in some part of the body: the first stage in mortification.—v.t. to mortify.—v.i. to become putrid.—v.i. Gang′renate, to become mortified.—adjs. Gangrenes′cent, becoming mortified; Gang′renous, mortified. [L. gangræna—Gr. gangraina, grainein, to gnaw.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Gangrene

    Death and putrefaction of tissue usually due to a loss of blood supply.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gangrene in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gangrene in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of gangrene in a Sentence

  1. Olivier Savignac:

    I perceived this priest as someone who was good, a caring person who would not harm me, but it was when I found myself on that bed half-naked and he was touching me that I realized something was wrong....And we keep this, it’s like a growing cyst. It’s like gangrene inside the victim’s body and the victim’s psyche.

  2. Romolo Semplici:

    The government must assume its responsibilities, save the bank and its investors, otherwise this gangrene will spread to the rest of the system, i've always been pro-European, but if Europe doesn't protect its own citizens then we should think twice if this the kind of Europe that we want to be in.

  3. Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes:

    Corruption is the plague, it's the gangrene of society.

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

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