- 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
Related Words for purulentputrid, rotting, disgusting, rancid, noxious, sour, spoiled, corrupt, moldy, stale, overripe, bad, crumbling, fetid, foul, gross, loathsome, loud, mephitic, noisome
Examples from the Web for purulent
Historical Examples of purulent
Above all, the doctor—the doctor and the purulent trash and garbage of his pharmacopoeia!The Pocket R.L.S.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Phlebitis, or inflammation of a vein, may be plastic or purulent in nature.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
In purulent and chronic ophthalmia, ulcers on the cornea, &c.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
The existence of a purulent discharge is no excuse for lack of cleanliness.
Purulent lepto-meningitis is usually accompanied by encephalitis.
- of, relating to, or containing pus
Word Origin for purulent
Word Origin and History for purulent
early 15c., from Middle French purulent and directly from Latin purulentus "full of pus," from pus (genitive puris) "pus" (see pus). Related: Purulence.
- Containing, discharging, or causing the production of pus.