gangrene

You don't want gangrene, that's for sure. It's the infection that can develop around a wound that kills the tissue, turning it into a terrible stinking sore.

In the days before antibiotics even the smallest scratch could lead to gangrene, and doctors would often cut off a finger or even a limb and then seal it with a red hot poker rather than risk the infection spreading. Special surgeons known as sawbones were famed for the speed they could amputate a limb to avoid gangrene setting in. Enough to stop you ever being nostalgic about the good old days.

DEFINITIONS OF: gangrene

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n the localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply)

Synonyms:
mortification, necrosis, sphacelus
Types:
myonecrosis
localized death of muscle cell fibers
Type of:
death
the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism

n necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass

Synonyms:
slough, sphacelus
Types:
cold gangrene, dry gangrene, mumification necrosis, mummification
(pathology) gangrene that develops in the presence of arterial obstruction and is characterized by dryness of the dead tissue and a dark brown color
clostridial myonecrosis, emphysematous gangrene, emphysematous phlegmon, gangrenous emphysema, gas gangrene, gas phlegmon, progressive emphysematous necrosis
(pathology) a deadly form of gangrene usually caused by clostridium bacteria that produce toxins that cause tissue death; can be used as a bioweapon
Type of:
pathology
any deviation from a healthy or normal condition

v undergo necrosis

Synonyms:
mortify, necrose, sphacelate
Type of:
rot, waste
become physically weaker
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