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English definition of “amputate”


verb [I/T]  /ˈæm·pjəˌteɪt/ us  
to cut off part of the body: [T] Doctors had to amputate his leg below the knee.
noun [C/U]  /ˌæm·pjəˈteɪ·ʃən/ us  
[U] Frostbite led to the amputation of three fingers.
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