from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Necrosis.
  • noun A necrosed mass of tissue.

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

  • noun (Med.) Gangrenous part; gangrene; slough.

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  • noun medicine gangrenous part
  • noun medicine gangrene; slough

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  • noun necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass
  • noun the localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply)


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From Ancient Greek.


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  • But if the summer is parched and northerly, but the autumn rainy and southerly, headache and sphacelus of the brain are likely to occur; and in addition hoarseness, coryza, coughs, and in some cases, consumption.

    On Airs, Waters, And Places

  • When there is a dislocation on both sides, the affections of the bones are the same; the flesh is well developed, except within, the nates protrude, the thighs are arched, unless there be sphacelus.

    Instruments Of Reduction

  • Sometimes, in addition to the sphacelus, there come on acute fevers accompanied with hiccup, aberration of intellect, and speedy death, with lividities of the large blood-vessels.

    On The Articulations

  • And cases of sphacelus connected with this cause, in addition to other inconveniences, are attended with great danger to the whole body.

    On Fractures

  • But much remains to be said on the sphacelus of bones in another place.

    On The Articulations

  • If there be no inflammation during the first days, the jaw is consolidated in twenty days; for callus quickly forms in this, as in all the other porous bones, provided there be no sphacelus (exfoliation?).

    On The Articulations

  • But although men would give a great price to escape being deformed, yet at the same time they do not know how to take care, nor have resolution, if they do not experience pain, nor fear death, although the formation of callus in the nose speedily place, for the most part is consolidated in ten days, provided sphacelus do not take place.

    On The Articulations

  • When the brain is attacked with sphacelus, the patients die in three days; or if they escape these, they recover.


  • When persons jumping from a height pitch on the heel, so as to occasion separation (diastasis) of the bones, ecchymosis of the veins, and contusion of the nerves; when these symptoms are very violent there is danger of sphacelus, and that the case may give trouble during life, for the bones are so constructed as to slip from one another, and the nerves communicate together.

    On The Articulations

  • For they are apt to be attended with very acute fevers, of the continual type, accompanied with tremblings, hiccup, aberration of intellect, and which prove fatal within a few days: and there may be lividities of bloody veins, with nausea, and gangrene from pressure; these diseases may occur, besides the sphacelus.

    On Fractures


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