To surgically remove a limb or body part.
From latin amputāre, from ambi- ("around") + putāre ("to prun.e")
- The patient had to have his leg amputated after the accident.
- The soldier had to have his arm amputated after being injured in battle.
- The doctor had to amputate the infected limb to save the patient's life.
- The patient's fingers were amputated due to frostbite.
- The patient had a below-knee amputation.