[ fyoor-uhng-kuhl ]
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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


/ (ˈfjʊərʌŋkəl) /

  1. pathol the technical name for boil 2

Origin of furuncle

C17: from Latin fūrunculus pilferer, petty thief, sore on the body, from fūr thief

Derived forms of furuncle

  • furuncular (fjʊˈrʌŋkjʊlə) or furunculous, adjective

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