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’
    • ‘They are known to have a great ability to invade and to necrotize tissue.’
    • ‘The focused sound waves result in an increase of temperature, and its thermal energy increases to necrotize tumor cells.’
    • ‘Locally the soft tissues can rapidly necrotize.’
    • ‘This block also prevents the muscular contraction from compressing and necrotizing the flap.’
    • ‘Tumour cells proliferate only in vascularized regions, whereas in non-vascularized areas they necrotize as they do in animal/human tumours.’
    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.