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[fyoo r-uhng-kuh l]
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noun Pathology.
  1. boil2.
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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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Related Words for furuncle

blister, blemish, lump, acne, abscess, sore, welt, ulcer, cyst, pimple, zit, carbuncle, spot, bump, excrescence, boil, inflammation, whitehead, hickey, furuncle

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Historical Examples of furuncle

  • From furuncle, abscess, and sebaceous, fatty and fibroid tumors.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • After incision, the contents of the furuncle are rapidly scooped out with the curette (Fig. 178, A).

  • It is then quickly withdrawn, at the same time incising the furuncle freely down to its base.

  • Another method is to transfix the furuncle by passing the knife through its base and making it cut outwards through the skin.

British Dictionary definitions for furuncle


  1. pathol the technical name for boil 2
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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


"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


  1. boil
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Related formsfu•runcu•lar (fyu-rŭngkyə-lər) null adj.
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