purulent

[ pyoor-uh-luhnt, pyoor-yuh- ]
/ ˈpyʊər ə lənt, ˈpyʊər yə- /

adjective

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.

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Origin of purulent

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

OTHER WORDS FROM purulent

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

purulent
/ (ˈpjʊərʊlənt) /

adjective

of, relating to, or containing pus

Derived forms of purulent

purulence or purulency, nounpurulently, adverb

Word Origin for purulent

C16: from Latin pūrulentus, from pus
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Medical definitions for purulent

purulent
[ pyurə-lənt ]

adj.

Containing, discharging, or causing the production of pus.
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