Definition of necrose in English:


Pronunciation /nɛˈkrəʊs//ˈnɛkrəʊs/


  • (with reference to cells) die or cause to die owing to disease, injury, or failure of the blood supply.

    no object ‘the knee became painful when the overlying skin necrosed under pressure’
    • ‘A severely inflamed pulp will eventually necrose, causing apical periodontitis, which is inflammation around the apex of the tooth.’
    • ‘A small area at the lower end had necrosed and required secondary intention healing.’
    • ‘Histology showed necrosed tissue, which was strongly indicative of pituitary adenoma.’
    • ‘The knee eventually became painful when the overlying skin necrosed under pressure and then got infected.’
    • ‘Even the Nocardia abscesses, that are large and necrose, usually do it in a more uniform manner without multiple areas of destruction.’
    • ‘The patient should be referred for dental advice, as the pulp has probably necrosed, and dental abscess will probably follow in due course.’
    decay, rot, decompose, go bad, go off, perish, spoil, deteriorate, fester, moulder
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Early 19th century: back-formation from necrosis.