Definition of necrotize in English:


(also necrotise)


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

    no object ‘the cells tend to ulcerate and necrotize’
    with object ‘scans showed that most of her brain had been necrotized’
    • ‘Locally the soft tissues can rapidly necrotize.’
    • ‘This block also prevents the muscular contraction from compressing and necrotizing the flap.’
    • ‘The focused sound waves result in an increase of temperature, and its thermal energy increases to necrotize tumor cells.’
    • ‘Tumour cells proliferate only in vascularized regions, whereas in non-vascularized areas they necrotize as they do in animal/human tumours.’
    • ‘They are known to have a great ability to invade and to necrotize tissue.’
    decay, rot, putrefy, go bad, go off, spoil, fester, perish, deteriorate, degrade, break down, break up, moulder
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Early 20th century: from necrotic + -ize.