What does amputate mean?
The definition of amputate
Am”pu*tate, v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Amputated; p. pr. & vb. n.Amputating.]
Etym: [L. amputatus, p. p. of amputare: amb- + putare to prune, putus clean, akin to E. pure. See Putative.]

1 To prune or lop off, as branches or tendrils.
2 (Surg.)
To cut off (a limb or projecting part (of the body). Wiseman.