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abscess

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noun, ab·scess \ˈab-ˌses\

Simple Definition of abscess

  • medical : a painful area of inflamed tissue that is filled with pus

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of abscess

plural abscesses play \ˈab-ˌse-səz, -ˌsēz; -sə-səz\

  1. :  a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue

abscessedplay \-ˌsest\ adjective

Origin of abscess

Latin abscessus, literally, act of going away, from abscedere to go away, from abs-, ab- + cedere to go


First Known Use: 1615


ABSCESS Defined for Kids

abscess

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noun ab·scess \ˈab-ˌses\

Definition of abscess for Students

  1. :  a collection of pus with swollen and red tissue around it

abscessed \-ˌsest\ adjective



Medical Dictionary

abscess

play
noun ab·scess \ˈab-ˌses\

Medical Definition of abscess

plural abscesses \ˈab-səs-ˌēz, -ˌses-, -əz\play play

  1. :  a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue

abscessed \-ˌsest\play adjective




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