- a yellow-white, more or less viscid substance produced by suppuration and found in abscesses, sores, etc., consisting of a liquid plasma in which white blood cells are suspended.
Origin of pus
Examples from the Web for pus
And he repeats the Arabic proverb in broken Arabic, “A drop of pus will disable a camel.”The Book of Khalid
Claudopus is from two Greek words: claudos, lame; pus, foot.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
This case had not proceeded far enough for the formation of the cyst or pus.Cattle and Their Diseases
They declared that it was not necessary "that pus should be generated in wounds."Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
Mucus and pus (matter such as comes from an abscess) may also be discharged.
- the yellow or greenish fluid product of inflammation, composed largely of dead leucocytes, exuded plasma, and liquefied tissue cells
Word Origin and History for pus
late 14c., from Latin pus "pus, matter from a sore;" figuratively "bitterness, malice" (related to puter "rotten;" cf. putrid), from PIE *pu- (2) "to rot, decay" (cf. Sanskrit puyati "rots, stinks," putih "stinking, foul;" Greek puon "discharge from a sore," pythein "to cause to rot;" Gothic fuls, Old English ful "foul"), perhaps originally echoic of a natural exclamation of disgust.
- A generally viscous, yellowish-white fluid formed in infected tissue, consisting of white blood cells, cellular debris, and necrotic tissue.
- A thick, yellowish-white liquid that forms in infected body tissues, consisting of white blood cells, dead tissue, and cellular debris.