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To surgically remove a part of the body, especially a limb.
Latin amputāre amputāt- to cut around am-, ambi- around ambi– putāre to cut pau-2 in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin amputō (“prune, cut away”).
They don't behead people, or amputate hands, or stone adulterers just for the fun of it.
The surgeon should then wait until the "line of demarcation," linear ulceration, between the living and the dead part is evident,, and then, if the case permits, should amputate at a higher level..
We can measure his heart rhythms, take his blood pressure and even amputate a limb.
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.
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