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tr.v. ampu·tated, ampu·tating, ampu·tates
To cut off (a projecting body part), especially by surgery.

am′pu·ta′tion n.
am′pu·ta′tor n.
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And Grant admitted that when making the toughest decision of his life to amputate his leg back in 2010, it was events like the Invictus Games and Paralympics that were in his mind.
When cut in half, the worms form blastemas similar in architecture to those seen when researchers amputate the limbs of a urodele.
"They said that there was a chance that they may have to amputate, but they were going to try their hardest not to.
The specialist at hospital had told me it will be best to amputate above the knee.
She postponed the operation to amputate her leg to support an appeal hearing for a client who was left paralysed after being injected with cleaning fluid during childbirth.
He is due to have another operation tomorrow, when surgeons may be forced to amputate below his knee.
A vet saved one leg but had to amputate the other as the bones were shattered.
Surgeons amputated most of her right leg in January because of gangrene and this month she refused to let them amputate her left leg.
The chimney breast fell on to him and a GP had to make the life-saving decision to amputate his leg at the scene.
Doctor Mario Canela, of La Espanola hospital, explained the surgery was "to amputate the leg from the knee down".
Surgeons had to amputate her left leg above the knee and her right leg was removed below the joint.
By then the problems had worsened and doctors had no option but to amputate Mrs Richmond's leg below the knee.