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[fyoo r-uhng-kuh l]
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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Historical Examples of furuncular

  • They are usually vesicular, pustular, or furuncular—that is to say, irritative.

    A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I


  • The pyogenic cocci are added factors in the pustular and furuncular cases.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • Furuncular or abscess-like formations may develop, usually from secondary infection.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • In several cases there has been abundant sweating; and in one there was a very remarkable miliary and furuncular eruption.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

British Dictionary definitions for furuncular


  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 furuncular



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

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furuncular in Medicine


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