furuncle

[fyoo r-uhng-kuh l]
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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
Related formsfu·run·cu·lar [fyoo-ruhng-kyuh-ler] /fyʊˈrʌŋ kyə lər/, fu·run·cu·lous, adjective
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furuncle

noun
  1. pathol the technical name for boil 2
Derived Formsfuruncular (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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Word Origin and History for furuncle
n.

"a boil," 1670s, from Latin furunculus, "a boil," literally "little thief," diminutive of fur "thief." Related: Furuncular; furunculous.

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furuncle in Medicine

furuncle

[fyurŭng′kəl]
n.
  1. boil
Related formsfu•runcu•lar (fyu-rŭngkyə-lər) null adj.
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