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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: am′pyū-tā′shŭn


  1. The severing of a limb or part of a limb, the breast, or other projecting part.
  2. In dentistry, removal of the root of a tooth, or of the pulp, or of a nerve root or ganglion; a modifying adjective is therefore used (pulp amputation; root amputation).

[L. amputatio, fr. am-puto, pp. -atus, to cut around, prune]

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