[ pyoo r-uh-luh ns, pyoo r-yuh- ]
/ ˈpyʊər ə ləns, ˈpyʊər yə- /


the condition of containing or forming pus.

Nearby words

  1. pursuit plane,
  2. pursuivant,
  3. pursy,
  4. purtenance,
  5. purty,
  6. purulent,
  7. purulent inflammation,
  8. purulent ophthalmia,
  9. purulent pleurisy,
  10. purulent rhinitis

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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[ pyurə-ləns ]


The condition of containing or discharging pus.

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