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Updated October 06, 2012

Definition: Necrosis is body tissue death caused by trauma or a medical condition. Necrosis causes a breakdown of the cells and a release of toxins into the surrounding tissues, causing more necrosis.
Pronunciation: neck-CROW-sis
Also Known As: Necrotic damage or necrotic tissue.
Necrosis is common in crush injuries, burns, frostbite, infections and envenomation. A severe skin infection, necrotizing fasciitis, got its name from the tissue death it causes.
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