(plural: ‘amputees‘; pronunciation: the letters ‘pu’ rhyme with the letters ‘pu’ in “pure”, and the letters ‘tee’ rhyme with the word “tea”)
a person who has had a body part, usually an arm or a leg, removed (cut off), for medical reasons, by a surgeon;
a person whose arms/hands or legs are removed as a punishment for doing some crime or as a religious process,
Climbing a mountain is very difficult for an amputee, but Mark Inglis is a double amputee and he climbed Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world! (‘double amputee’ = a person who has two arms/hands or two legs or one arm/hand and one leg removed)
People become amputees as a result of accidents, battle wounds and, these days, terrorist acts.
In most countries, amputees are helped by the governments as well as non-profit charitable organisations, in getting free medication, latest artificial limbs and some useful guidance in rehabilitation centres.
The developments in technology has made it possible for modern-day amputees to live more comfortably than those in the past.