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English definition of “amputate”

amputate

verb [T or I] uk   /ˈæm.pjʊ.teɪt/ us  
to cut off a part of the body: They had to amputate his foot to free him from the wreckage. In these cases there is no choice but to amputate.
amputation
noun [U or C] uk   /ˌæm.pjʊˈteɪ.ʃən/ us  
Amputation of the limb is really a last resort. Most amputations in this region are the result of accidents with land mines.
(Definition of amputate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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