to cut off (all or part of a limb or digit of the body), as by surgery.
to prune, lop off, or remove:
Because of space limitations the editor amputated the last two paragraphs of the news report.
Obsolete. to prune, as branches of trees.
But we are compelled to amputate an important part of our body in order to save the rest of it.
Current History, Vol. VIII, No. 3, June 1918 Various
They could not operate on Rochard and amputate his leg, as they wanted to do.
The Backwash of War Ellen N. La Motte
There they wanted to amputate his leg, but he told them he would rather die than loose his leg.
Ten years in the ranks, U.S. army Augustus Meyers
If he amputate the disordered member, it is to save the life.
Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I Francis Augustus Cox
The surgeons put off amputating the leg, he was so exhausted, but at last it was imperatively necessary to amputate.
The Wound Dresser Walt Whitman
It was necessary for old Doc Robbins to amputate both at the shoulders.
Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
Because, in 1787, an architect was found who considered it well to “amputate” the old one.
The Churches of Paris S. Sophia Beale
Because Major Cutemup is here, and when he begins to amputate it is hard to get him to stop.
The Heart of Pinocchio Collodi Nipote
No one had any hope that they could be saved, and when the party reached the fort, a doctor was sought to amputate them.
History of the Donner Party C.F. McGlashan
We had to amputate his arms and ribs practically to his spinal column.
Accidental Flight Floyd L. Wallace
(surgery) to remove (all or part of a limb, esp an arm or leg)
1630s, back-formation from amputation or else from Latin amputatus, past participle of amputare “to cut off, to prune.” Related: Amputated; amputating.
amputate am·pu·tate (ām’pyu-tāt’)
v. am·pu·tat·ed, am·pu·tat·ing, am·pu·tates
To cut off a part of the body, especially by surgery.
to cut off (all or part of a limb or digit of the body), as by surgery. to prune, lop off, or remove: Because of space limitations the editor amputated the last two paragraphs of the news report. Obsolete. to prune, as branches of trees. Contemporary Examples Gangrene is not curable by current medical intervention […]
- Amputation fetish
noun See apotemnophilia
- Amputation neuroma
amputation neuroma amputation neuroma n. See traumatic neuroma.
- Amputation in continuity
amputation in continuity amputation in continuity n. Amputation through a segment of a limb, not through a joint.