from The Century Dictionary.

  • In pathology, dead; necrosed.
  • In botany, decayed, withered, or dead.
  • To become necrosed.
  • To affect with sphacelus or necrosis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb (Med.) To die, decay, or become gangrenous, as flesh or bone; to mortify.
  • adjective (Med.) Affected with gangrene; mortified.
  • transitive verb (Med.) To affect with gangrene.

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  • verb medicine To affect with gangrene.

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  • verb undergo necrosis


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  • Persons who, in jumping from a height, have pitched on the heel, so as to occasion diastasis (separation) of the bones, ecchymosis of the veins, and contusion of the nerves, - when these symptoms are very violent, there is danger that the parts may sphacelate, and give trouble to the patient during the remainder of his life; for these bones are so constructed as to slip past one another, and the nerves communicate together.

    Instruments Of Reduction 2007

  • But if in their case the bones do not sphacelate (become carious?) and if they do not become bent above the hip-joint, if nothing of this kind happen to them, they become otherwise sufficiently healthy, but the growth of all the rest of the body, with the exception of the head, is arrested.

    On The Articulations 2007

  • For the most part, then, it should be known, no harm results to the shoulder or to the rest of the body from fracture of the clavicle, unless it sphacelate, and this rarely happens.

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  • a pickle, being of a tawny and somewhat livid color; and the bone then begins to sphacelate, and turns black where it was white before, and at last becomes pale and blanched.

    On Injuries Of The Head 2007


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