- 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
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Examples from the Web for buboes
If buboes accompany it, they are mostly of an indolent nature.
THE more Buboes there are, so that they suppurate, the better.
Buboes of the neck only occurred 130 times, and of them 67 cases were children.
We have had three cases of buboes, resulting in three deaths.Planet of the Gods
Robert Moore Williams
The ulcers from buboes partake of the same character, the edges being hard and the ulcer disposed to burrow.
- pathol inflammation and swelling of a lymph node, often with the formation of pus, esp in the region of the armpit or groin
C14: from Medieval Latin bubō swelling, from Greek boubōn groin, glandular swelling
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Word Origin and History for buboes
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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- Inflammatory swelling of one or more lymph nodes, especially in the groin.
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- A swelling of a lymph node, especially of the armpit or groin, that is characteristic of bubonic plague.
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