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pus

[puhs]
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noun
  1. 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-
Related formspus·like, adjective
Can be confusedpus puss
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Examples from the Web for puslike

Historical Examples

  • If the discharge is sticky and puslike, a deeper difficulty or more advanced irritation is indicated.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • In this case a puslike exudate is found between the membranes covering the brain.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Thrombi, in some instances, soften in their centers, and are then observed to contain a puslike substance.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture


British Dictionary definitions for puslike

pus

noun
  1. the yellow or greenish fluid product of inflammation, composed largely of dead leucocytes, exuded plasma, and liquefied tissue cells
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin pūs; related to Greek puon pus
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Word Origin and History for puslike

pus

n.

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.

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puslike in Medicine

pus

(pŭs)
n.
  1. A generally viscous, yellowish-white fluid formed in infected tissue, consisting of white blood cells, cellular debris, and necrotic tissue.
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puslike in Science

pus

[pŭs]
  1. 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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