amputate [am′pyo͞o tāt΄, am′pyətāt΄]
vt., vi.
amputated, amputating [< L amputatus, pp. of amputare < am-, for ambi-, AMBI- + putare, to trim, prune < IE * putos, part. form of base * peu-, to strike > PAVE]
to cut off (an arm, leg, etc.), esp. by surgery

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  • Amputate — Am pu*tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Amputated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Amputating}.] [L. amputatus, p. p. of amputare: amb + putare to prune, putus clean, akin to E. pure. See {Putative}.] 1. To prune or lop off, as branches or tendrils. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • amputate — (v.) 1630s, back formation from AMPUTATION (Cf. amputation) or else from L. amputatus, pp. of amputare to cut off, to prune. Related: Amputated; amputating …   Etymology dictionary

  • amputate — [v] remove a limb cut away, cut off, dismember, eliminate, excise, lop, separate, sever, truncate; concepts 176,211 …   New thesaurus

  • amputate — ► VERB ▪ cut off (a limb) in a surgical operation. DERIVATIVES amputation noun. ORIGIN Latin amputare lop off …   English terms dictionary

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  • amputate — verb doctors had to amputate two fingers Syn: cut off, sever, remove (surgically), dismember, saw/chop off …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • amputate — transitive verb ( tated; tating) Etymology: Latin amputatus, past participle of amputare, from am , amb around + putare to cut, prune more at ambi Date: 1612 to remove by or as if by cutting; especially to cut (as a limb) from the body •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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