Origin of sphacelate; from Modern Latin sphacelatus, past participle of sphacelare, to mortify ; from sphacelus, gangrene ; from Classical Greek sphakelos
(third-person singular simple present sphacelates, present participle sphacelating, simple past and past participle sphacelated)
- (medicine) To affect with gangrene.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.