To amputate something is to cut off a part of it. This can be done for a variety of reasons, including to prevent injury or to treat a disease.

  • The doctor amputated his arm to stop the bleeding.

  • The doctor amputated the leg to stop the bleeding.

Definition of amputation


a condition of disability resulting from the loss of one or more limbs


a surgical removal of all or part of a limb

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Example Sentences for amputation

  • 1

    The surgeon had to amputate the arm off of the patient.

  • 2

    The wound required the amputation of his leg.

  • 3

    The saw used to amputate his leg is held by the National Army Museum.

  • 4

    The only recourse is amputation.

  • 5

    The arm is later amputated to the elbow.

  • 6

    The foot of the man had to be amputated.

  • 7

    The arm had to be amputated above the elbow.

  • 8

    He is forced to amputate the arm and cauterize it with the lighter.

  • 9

    The arm was amputated and he died days later.

  • 10

    The infection had spread and doctors decided to amputate.