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English definition of “amputate”

amputate

verb [T or I]     /ˈæm.pjʊ.teɪt/
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.SurgeryCutting off and disconnecting amputation     /ˌæm.pjʊˈteɪ.ʃən/ noun [U or C] Amputation of the limb is really a last resort. Most amputations in this region are the result of accidents with land mines.SurgeryCutting off and disconnecting
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