Definition of gas gangrene in US English:

gas gangrene


  • Rapidly spreading gangrene occurring in dirty wounds infected by bacteria that give off a foul-smelling gas.

    This disease is usually caused by anaerobic bacteria of the genus Clostridium

    • ‘It is believed to resemble the mammalian PLC, which is not yet purified, whereas [alpha] toxin is the main factor in infection caused by C. perfringens, and produces hemolytic and necrotic effects in gas gangrene.’
    • ‘Highly explosive shells produced wounds well-suited to the bacteria's growth and led to gas gangrene.’
    • ‘The patient may also require a plain radiograph of the area or surgical debridement to evaluate for gas gangrene, osteomyelitis, or necrotizing fasciitis.’
    • ‘If multiple fleas infest an individual, physical debilitation and secondary infections, such as tetanus or gas gangrene, may occur.’
    • ‘Treatments for gas gangrene are summarized in Table 4.’
    • ‘It is advised that gas gangrene should not cause more concern than any other infection-producing bacteria.’
    • ‘The wounded were dying from gas gangrene and draining wounds, and Dr Cushing and fellow American Dakin, MD, worked tirelessly to find a treatment and cure.’
    • ‘A tinkling sound in the flesh around an infected wound is a dreadful sign, indicative of gas gangrene.’
    • ‘In the first world war it proved to be the cause of 40% of cases of gas gangrene, and it also affected soldiers in the second world war.’
    • ‘He found that immediately removing dead or damaged flesh helped prevent infection and gas gangrene and, thus, saved lives and limbs.’
    • ‘It's a Clostridium that's responsible for C. diff colitis, a Clostridium that's responsible for gas gangrene, a Clostridium that's responsible for botulism, and a Clostridium that's responsible for tetanus.’
    • ‘Illnesses caused by the Clostridium group of bacteria discussed here are gas gangrene, Clostridium food poisoning, and pseudomembranous colitis.’
    • ‘In the British army, and probably in all forces, infections from gas gangrene occurred in 10 per cent of all wounds in 1914-15, but had fallen to 1 per cent by 1918.’
    • ‘Among the first Americans to introduce bacteriology into medicine, he identified Clostridium perfringens, the bacillus of gas gangrene, in 1892, and used the success of bacteriology to promote laboratory research nationwide.’
    • ‘Strains of the type A organism have been implicated as causes of gas gangrene in humans and wound infections in animals.’
    • ‘Other bacteria sold included brucella melitensis, which damages major organs, and clostridium perfringens, which causes gas gangrene.’