gangrene

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French gangrène, from Latin gangraena, from Ancient Greek γάγγραινα (gaggraina, gangrene), from γραίνειν (grainein, gnaw).

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Noun[edit]

gangrene (countable and uncountable, plural gangrenes)

  1. The necrosis or rotting of flesh, usually caused by lack of blood supply.
    If gangrene sets in, we may have to amputate the foot.
  2. (figuratively) A damaging or corrupting influence.
    • 1960, Cora Vreede-de Stuers, The Indonesian woman: struggles and achievements
      Women should earn equal wages with men for equal work done. Child marriages and polygamy are a gangrene on society.

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Verb[edit]

gangrene (third-person singular simple present gangrenes, present participle gangrening, simple past and past participle gangrened)

  1. (transitive) To produce gangrene in.
  2. (intransitive) To be affected with gangrene.

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Noun[edit]

gangrene f

  1. plural form of gangrena