To prune or lop down as branches or tendrils
- remove surgically
- To prune or lop down, as branches or tendrils.
- To cut off (a limb or projecting area of the human body)
1630s, back-formation from amputation or otherwise from Latin amputatus, past participle of amputare "to take off, to prune." Relevant: Amputated; amputating.
(v. t.) To prune or lop down, as branches or tendrils.
- (v. t.) To stop (a limb or projecting an element of the human anatomy)
In spreading gangrene, in which acute sepsis is present, and in which no line of demarcation forms, the best chance for the patient is promptly to amputate high up in sound tissues.