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furuncle

[ fyoor-uhng-kuhl ]
/ ˈfyʊər ʌŋ kəl /
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noun Pathology.
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Origin of furuncle

1670–80; <Latin fūrunculus petty thief, boil, equivalent to fūr thief (cf. furtive) + -unculus diminutive suffix extracted from derivatives of n-stems; see homunculus

OTHER WORDS FROM furuncle

fu·run·cu·lar [fyoo-ruhng-kyuh-ler], /fyʊˈrʌŋ kyə lər/, fu·run·cu·lous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for furuncle

furuncle
/ (ˈfjʊərʌŋkəl) /

noun
pathol the technical name for boil 2

Derived forms of furuncle

furuncular (fjʊˈrʌŋkjʊlə) or furunculous, adjective

Word Origin for furuncle

C17: from Latin fūrunculus pilferer, petty thief, sore on the body, from fūr thief
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Medical definitions for furuncle

furuncle
[ fyurŭng′kəl ]

n.
boil

Other words from furuncle

fu•runcu•lar (fyu-rŭngkyə-lər) null adj.
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