[ pyoo r-uh-luh nt, pyoo r-yuh- ]
/ ˈpyʊər ə lənt, ˈpyʊər yə- /


full of, containing, forming, or discharging pus; suppurating: a purulent sore.
attended with suppuration: purulent appendicitis.
of the nature of or like pus: purulent matter.

Origin of purulent

1590–1600; < Latin pūrulentus, equivalent to pūr-, stem of pūs pus + -ulentus -ulent

Related forms

pu·ru·lent·ly, adverbnon·pu·ru·lent, adjectivenon·pu·ru·lent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for non-purulent


/ (ˈpjʊərʊlənt) /


of, relating to, or containing pus

Derived Forms

purulence or purulency, nounpurulently, adverb

Word Origin for purulent

C16: from Latin pūrulentus, from pus
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Medicine definitions for non-purulent


[ pyurə-lənt ]


Containing, discharging, or causing the production of pus.
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