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

 

gangrene

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈɡæŋɡriːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæŋɡriːn//
 
[uncountable]
 
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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 Origin mid 16th cent.: via French from Latin gangraena, from Greek gangraina.
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