amputate amputate  /ˈæmpjə ˌteɪt/


  • (v) remove surgically

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  1. Rex Fuller and John Charles Cottrell of Salida, Colo, were obliged to amputate an Italian miner's left index finger after another man with trench mouth had bitten the finger.
  2. Likewise, the big medical decisions whether to amputate a limb or move a brain-damaged victim get short shrift.
  3. Veterinarians were forced to amputate what was left of her mangled foot and part of her leg.


  1. Get Your Gumption Back: Lessons From a Paralympic Medalist

    Bonnie St. John's misfortune as a young girl become her lifelong leadership strength. When Bonnie St. John was five years old, a birth defect stunted the growth in her right leg. The doctor had no choice but to amputate it. Rather than let it defeat her, St. John made a decision--with the help of a demanding nurse--to live resiliently. She overcame tremendous odds--in addition to her physical ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Inc Magazine

  2. First double-leg transplant patient has legs amputated

    The world's first double-leg transplant patient has had both limbs amputated after an unrelated illness forced him to stop taking anti-rejection drugs, the Spanish hospital that carried out the operation said Tuesday.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Fox News

  3. Nugent family will get donations after waiting weeks

    The Nugent family has been waiting for funds raised for medical bills after their 2-year-old's feet had to be amputated because of a lawn mower accident at her home on April 10.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: WTSP-TV Tampa


  1. "Well, they tried to amputate it earlier. That was tough," Allen joked. "I did some electric-shock therapy. I don't know what that had to do with my shoulder, though. They recommended heroin, but I said that was against all legal policies so...
    on Nov 5, 2008 By: Jared Allen Source: USA Today

  2. "I knew a man from Morocco," Kurnaz writes, "who used to be a ship captain. He couldn't move one of his little fingers because of frostbite. The rest of his fingers were all right. They told him they would amputate the little finger. They...
    on May 12, 2008 By: Murat Kurnaz Source:

  3. Speaking from Italy, where surgeon Giovanni Ferrando is due to operate again on his lips, Burns said: "It has taken away my life and my career. I saw doctors in London who said the only option was to amputate my lips. I was suicidal. Eventually I...
    on Jan 25, 2007 By: Pete Burns Source: This is London

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