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1. (Pathology) the death of living tissue
2. (Pathology) a lump of mortified tissue
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|Noun||1.||sphacelus - necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass|
pathology - any deviation from a healthy or normal condition
cold gangrene, dry gangrene, mumification necrosis, mummification - (pathology) gangrene that develops in the presence of arterial obstruction and is characterized by dryness of the dead tissue and a dark brown color
clostridial myonecrosis, emphysematous gangrene, emphysematous phlegmon, gangrenous emphysema, gas gangrene, gas phlegmon, progressive emphysematous necrosis - (pathology) a deadly form of gangrene usually caused by clostridium bacteria that produce toxins that cause tissue death; can be used as a bioweapon
|2.||sphacelus - the localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply)|
death - the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism; "the animal died a painful death"
myonecrosis - localized death of muscle cell fibers