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Topic: HOSPITAL

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of amputare, from amb- 'around' + putare 'to cut'

amputate

verb
     
am‧pu‧tate [intransitive and transitive]
MH to cut off someone's arm, leg, finger etc during a medical operation:
Two of her toes were amputated because of frostbite.
amputation noun [uncountable and countable]
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