- a localized collection of pus in the tissues of the body, often accompanied by swelling and inflammation and frequently caused by bacteria.
Origin of abscess
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When he finally goes to see a dentist, he learns that he has an abscess: the tooth is rotten, threatening to overtake his jaw.‘Mad Men’ Returns: A Recap of Season Five
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It was only an indisposition, pure and simple,—an abscess in the armpit; that was all.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
But the abscess of the lungs is not like an abscess which follows an injury.The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases
Charles West, M.D.
It had festered like an abscess and the abscess had burst, splashing every one.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.
Guy de Maupassant
At the end of that time an abscess of the lungs was relieved and my cough was cured.Old Rail Fence Corners
Mucus and pus (matter such as comes from an abscess) may also be discharged.
- a localized collection of pus formed as the product of inflammation and usually caused by bacteria
- (intr) to form such a collection of pus
C16: from Latin abscessus a going away, a throwing off of bad humours, hence an abscess, from abscēdere to go away
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Word Origin and History for abscess
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- A collection of pus formed by tissue destruction in an inflamed area of a localized infection.
- A cavity that is formed by liquefactive necrosis within solid tissue.
- To form an abscess.
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- A localized collection of pus surrounded by infected tissue.
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An inflamed area (see inflammation) in the body tissues that is filled with pus.
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