verb (used without object), sup·pu·rat·ed, sup·pu·rat·ing.

to produce or discharge pus, as a wound; maturate.

Origin of suppurate

1555–65; < Latin suppūrātus (past participle of suppūrāre), equivalent to sup- sup- + pūr- (stem of pūs) pus + -ātus -ate1
Related formsun·sup·pu·rat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for suppurate

putrefy, discharge, maturate, decay

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British Dictionary definitions for suppurate



(intr) pathol (of a wound, sore, etc) to discharge pus; fester

Word Origin for suppurate

C16: from Latin suppūrāre, from sub- + pūs pus
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Word Origin and History for suppurate

1560s, from Latin suppuratus, past participle of suppurare (see suppuration). Related: Suppurated; suppurating.

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suppurate in Medicine




To form or discharge pus.
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