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[pyoo r-uh-luh ns, pyoo r-yuh-]
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  1. pus.
  2. the condition of containing or forming pus.
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Sometimes pu·ru·len·cy.

Origin of purulence

From the Late Latin word pūrulentia, dating back to 1590–1600. See purulent, -ence
Related formsnon·pu·ru·lence, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Already the exploiting class, as it neared the term of its depleted life, was but a mass of purulence.

    The Wrong Twin

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Purulence, pū′rū-lens, n. the forming of pus or matter: pus—also Pū′rulency.

  • The outer surface is always smooth, and no indication of purulence, softening, or scab formation is ever exhibited.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle

    U.S. Department of Agriculture

purulence in Medicine


  1. The condition of containing or discharging pus.
  2. Pus.
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