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proud flesh

noun, Pathology.
Origin of proud flesh
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400
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Historical Examples
  • The proud flesh shall be cut out with the knife, and the wound burned with fire, in order that it may heal the more rapidly.

    Goethe and Schiller L. Mhlbach
  • It sometimes happens that during poulticing, proud flesh may form in an ulcer.

  • There is always a large bed of granulations (proud flesh) at the seat of injury, and a thickening more or less pronounced remains.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • When proud flesh appears it is best kept under control by repeated applications of a red-hot iron.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • Granulation tissue (proud flesh) should be controlled by the application of silver nitrate in the form of a caustic pencil.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • If there is any considerable “proud flesh,” it should be removed with a pair of scissors, or by the actual cautery—hot iron.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
  • The ointment of creosote is said to be effectual, even when the ulcer exhibits a fungous character, or proud flesh is present.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
  • When a handsome lady comes in, the cockroach is in his element, and there is a good deal of proud flesh about him.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck
  • The extrinsic circumstances are imposing; but, within, there is nothing but morbid humours and proud flesh!

    Winterslow William Hazlitt
  • It grows rigid and callous; and for the softness and elasticity of childhood, full of proud flesh and obstinate tumours.

    Table-Talk William Hazlitt
British Dictionary definitions for proud flesh

proud flesh

noun
1.
a non-technical name for granulation tissue
Word Origin
C14: from proud (in the sense: swollen, protruding)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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proud flesh in Medicine

proud flesh n.
The swollen flesh that surrounds a healing wound, caused by excessive granulation.

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