Immediate amputation
Immediate Im*me"di*ate, a. [F. imm['e]diat. See {In-} not, and {Mediate}.] 1. Not separated in respect to place by anything intervening; proximate; close; as, immediate contact. [1913 Webster]

You are the most immediate to our throne. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Not deferred by an interval of time; present; instant. ``Assemble we immediate council.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Death . . . not yet inflicted, as he feared, By some immediate stroke. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Acting with nothing interposed or between, or without the intervention of another object as a cause, means, or agency; acting, perceived, or produced, directly; as, an immediate cause. [1913 Webster]

The immediate knowledge of the past is therefore impossible. --Sir. W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

{Immediate amputation} (Surg.), an amputation performed within the first few hours after an injury, and before the the effects of the shock have passed away.

Syn: Proximate; close; direct; next. [1913 Webster]


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