Definition of gangrene noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɡæŋɡriːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæŋɡriːn//
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the decay that takes place in a part of the body when the blood supply to it has been stopped because of an illness or injury Gangrene set in and he had to have his leg amputated. Word Originmid 16th cent.: via French from Latin gangraena, from Greek gangraina.
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