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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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She has a bad injury to her leg and it is very likely that she will have to have surgery to amputate the leg.
Ellie's father Paul Bishop, aged 35, said that the damage to Ellie's left leg was worse than first feared and surgeons had been forced to amputate above the knee.
A surgeon had to amputate the foot of 16-year-old William Barton because of a two-inch arterial tear found in his leg.
Despite every effort to save it, vets were forced to amputate it due to the extent of her injuries and infection.
The sunburn caused cancerous growths, and veterinary surgeons had to amputate the animals' ears to prevent the spread of the cancer.
But in overtime he dislocated his knee and complications from the injury forced doctors to amputate the leg below the knee nine days later.
But her vet discovered a pellet lodged in her right hind leg and had to quickly amputate it to save her life.
Doctors at Serra in south Brazil decided to amputate when the poison spread - but the bid to save her failed.
Mr Unger had to have parts of his foot removed, until surgeons eventually had to amputate his leg below the knee.
An ambulance spokesman said: "Paramedics decided to amputate.
But will you have to amputate like the Scots doctor says?
The 36-year- old had at least four operations on the broken femur immediately after the incident,but surgeons were apparently forced to amputate below the knee due to complications.