One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Localized death and decomposition of body tissue, resulting from obstructed circulation or bacterial infection.‘gangrene set in, and her leg was amputated’
- ‘Feces, urine, or blood can easily contaminate the wound and infection can range from a superficial infection to septicemia and gangrene of vulvar tissue.’
- ‘The presence of deep infection with abscess, cellulitis, gangrene, or osteomyelitis is an indication for hospitalization and prompt surgical drainage.’
- ‘Vasopressin should be infused through a central catheter because peripheral extravasation could cause tissue necrosis and gangrene.’
- ‘Patients with deep abscess, extensive bone or joint involvement, crepitus, substantial necrosis or gangrene, or necrotizing fasciitis may be candidates for surgery.’
- ‘Rarely, fulminant ischaemic colitis occurs with gangrene or perforation and needs urgent surgical exploration.’
Become affected with gangrene.‘his wound had gangrened’
- ‘The limb that is left to gangrene normally has to be cut off, and that would be a sad indictment on yourselves and a very poor response to the residents of the periphery of town.’
- ‘But the vet said the rock hand lacerated his stomach and part of the intestine had gangrened.’
Mid 16th century: via French from Latin gangraena, from Greek gangraina.
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