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with regard to the medical or trauma-related separation of an appendage from the core body or from another limb on the body. A medical operation typically employed in order to save lives in the aftermath of a trauma or damaging event. It also deters the expansion of a cancerous growth or gangrene, or to separate the body from one of it's parts which doesn't have a sufficient blood supply anymore.

AMPUTATION: "Cassie couldn't bear the thought of another amputation in her future, having already lost her index finger."

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