A person who has had a limb or limb(s) removed by amputation.
Mid 19th century: from french amputé, past participle of amputer "to amputate", from latin amputare, from ambi- "about" + putare "to prune".
- The amputee struggled to adjust to life without his leg.
- The amputee was fitted with a prosthetic limb.
- The amputee was determined to learn how to walk again.
- The support group for amputees provided emotional and practical support.
- Advances in prosthetics have improved the quality of life for many amputees.