- a collection of pus in a body cavity, especially the pleural cavity.
Origin of empyema
1605–15; < Late Latin < Greek empýēma abscess, equivalent to em- em-2 + pyē- (variant stem of pyeîn to suppurate, akin to pýon, pýos pus) + -ma noun suffix denoting result of action
Also called pyothorax.
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- a collection of pus in a body cavity, esp in the chest
C17: from Medieval Latin, from Greek empuēma abscess, from empuein to suppurate, from puon pus
- The presence of pus in a body cavity, especially the pleural cavity.