Amputate



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.
Historical Examples

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

verb
(surgery) to remove (all or part of a limb, esp an arm or leg)
v.

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.

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