[ byoo-boh, boo- ]

noun,plural bu·boes.Pathology.
  1. 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

Other words from bubo

  • buboed, adjective

Words Nearby bubo

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British Dictionary definitions for bubo


/ (ˈbjuːbəʊ) /

nounplural -boes
  1. pathol inflammation and swelling of a lymph node, often with the formation of pus, esp in the region of the armpit or groin

Origin of bubo

C14: from Medieval Latin bubō swelling, from Greek boubōn groin, glandular swelling

Derived forms of bubo

  • bubonic (bjuːˈbɒnɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for bubo


[ bōō ]

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

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