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[byoo-boh, boo-] /ˈbyu boʊ, ˈbu-/
noun, plural buboes. Pathology.
an inflammatory swelling of a lymphatic gland, especially in the groin or armpit.
Origin of bubo
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek boubṓn literally, groin
Related forms
buboed, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -boes
(pathol) inflammation and swelling of a lymph node, often with the formation of pus, esp in the region of the armpit or groin
Derived Forms
bubonic (bjuːˈbɒnɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin bubō swelling, from Greek boubōn groin, glandular swelling
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late 14c., plural buboes, from Late Latin bubo (genitive bubonis) "swelling of lymph glands" (in the groin), from Greek boubon "the groin, swelling in the groin."

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buboes in Medicine

bubo bu·bo (bōō'bō, byōō'-)
n. pl. bu·boes
Inflammatory swelling of one or more lymph nodes, especially in the groin.

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buboes in Science
Plural buboes
A swelling of a lymph node, especially of the armpit or groin, that is characteristic of bubonic plague.
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