[ puhs ]
/ pʌs /
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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.
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Origin of pus
1535–45; <Latin; akin to Greek pýon pus. See pyo-
OTHER WORDS FROM puspuslike, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH puspus , puss
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British Dictionary definitions for pus
/ (pʌs) /
the yellow or greenish fluid product of inflammation, composed largely of dead leucocytes, exuded plasma, and liquefied tissue cells
Word Origin for pus
C16: from Latin pūs; related to Greek puon pus
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Scientific definitions for pus
[ pŭs ]
A thick, yellowish-white liquid that forms in infected body tissues, consisting of white blood cells, dead tissue, and cellular debris.
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