Amputation [am-pyoo-teyt-tion] noun. This was an early treatment for zombie bites on the extremities to prevent zombification. Until the onset of general anesthesia in the mid 1860s, two-thirds of the victims died from the procedure while about 40 percent died from zombification. Curiously, amputation remained as the recommended treatment (assuming the victim could prepay for the procedure).
Origin: 1630–40; < Latin amputātus pruned.