amputate /ˈampjʊteɪt/

a

I. verb [with obj.]

1. cut off (a limb) by surgical operation

surgeons had to amputate her left hand.
II. derivatives

amputator
noun


– origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin amputat- ‘lopped off’, from amputare, from am- (for amb- ‘about’) + putare ‘to prune’.

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