a collection of pus in a body cavity, especially the pleural cavity.
- Also called pyothorax.
- em·py·e·mic, adjective
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How to use empyema in a sentence
(c) Decomposition of exudates anywhere in the body, as in empyema, bronchiectasis, and large tuberculous cavities.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Empima (empyema) is the hawking-up of sanies, with infection of the lung and a sanious habit.Gilbertus Anglicus | Henry Ebenezer Handerson
Koch advises to conduct this lung surgery after the manner of operating empyema.Prof. Koch's Method to Cure Tuberculosis Popularly Treated | Max Birnbaum
If the spirits be thinner than air, how are they held by the tunic of the lung, since this lets pass the pus and serum of empyema?Harvey's Views on the Use of the Circulation of the Blood | John G. Curtis
When three to six months have passed without any trace of secretion, the empyema may be considered cured.
British Dictionary definitions for empyema
a collection of pus in a body cavity, esp in the chest
- empyemic, adjective
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