• (British) IPA: /ˈɡaŋˌɡɹiːn/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɡæŋˌɡɹin/


  1. The necrosis or rotting of flesh, usually caused by lack of blood supply.
    If gangrene sets in, we may have to amputate the foot.
  2. (figuratively) A damaging or corrupting influence.
    • 1960, Cora Vreede-de Stuers, The Indonesian woman: struggles and achievements
      Women should earn equal wages with men for equal work done. Child marriages and polygamy are a gangrene on society.
Translations Verb

gangrene (gangrenes, present participle gangrening; past and past participle gangrened)

  1. (transitive) To produce gangrene in.
  2. (intransitive) To be affected with gangrene.
  3. (transitive) To corrupt; To cause to become degenerate.

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