- 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
Related Words for abscessedaching, inflamed, uncomfortable, tender, sharp, painful, hurting, bruised, acute, burning, sensitive, raw, annoying, smarting, extreme, afflicted, burned, critical, distressing, hurtful
Examples from the Web for abscessed
Historical Examples of abscessed
An abscessed tooth will explain her reticence on any other subject.Mrs. Balfame
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
But the truth would be harder to extract from that stern, scar-twisted mouth, than the abscessed tooth had been.
No, sir; I was off Thursday and Friday with abscessed tooth.Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
In nine months a gentleman for whom I had filled four molars returned with an inferior one abscessed.Tin Foil and Its Combinations for Filling Teeth
Henry L. Ambler
You've had a hard day with the abscessed tooth, the dope the dentist gave you, and—other things.
- a localized collection of pus formed as the product of inflammation and usually caused by bacteria
- (intr) to form such a collection of pus
Word Origin for abscess
1846, in medicine, from abscess (n.).
- 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.
- A localized collection of pus surrounded by infected tissue.
An inflamed area (see inflammation) in the body tissues that is filled with pus.