[byoo-boh, boo-]

noun, plural bu·boes. Pathology.

an inflammatory swelling of a lymphatic gland, especially in the groin or armpit.

Nearby words

  1. bubbletop,
  2. bubbly,
  3. bubby,
  4. buber,
  5. buber, martin,
  6. bubonalgia,
  7. bubonic,
  8. bubonic plague,
  9. bubonocele,
  10. bubu

Origin of bubo

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek boubṓn literally, groin

Related formsbu·boed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for buboes


noun plural -boes

pathol inflammation and swelling of a lymph node, often with the formation of pus, esp in the region of the armpit or groin
Derived Formsbubonic (bjuːˈbɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for bubo

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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Medicine definitions for buboes



n. pl. bu•boes

Inflammatory swelling of one or more lymph nodes, especially in the groin.

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Science definitions for buboes



Plural buboes

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