What does gangrene mean?

Definitions for gangreneˈgæŋ grin, gæŋˈgrin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gangrene, sphacelus, slough(noun)

    necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass

  2. necrosis, mortification, gangrene, sphacelus(verb)

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

  3. necrose, gangrene, mortify, sphacelate(verb)

    undergo necrosis

    "the tissue around the wound necrosed"


  1. gangrene(Noun)

    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. gangrene(Noun)

    A damaging or corrupting influence.

  3. gangrene(Verb)

    To produce gangrene in.

  4. gangrene(Verb)

    To be affected with gangrene.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gangrene(noun)

    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. Origin: [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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes:

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

  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.

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