tr.v. am·pu·tat·ed, am·pu·tat·ing, am·pu·tates
To cut off (a projecting body part), especially by surgery.
[Latin amputāre, amputāt-, to cut around : am-, ambi-, around; see AMBI- + putāre, to cut; see pau-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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