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carbuncle

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noun car·bun·cle \ˈkär-ˌbəŋ-kəl\

Simple Definition of carbuncle

  • : a large painful swelling under the skin

  • : a jewel (such as a garnet) that is cut into a rounded shape

Full Definition of carbuncle

  1. 1 a obsolete :  any of several red precious stones b :  the garnet cut cabochon

  2. 2 :  a painful local purulent inflammation of the skin and deeper tissues with multiple openings for the discharge of pus and usually necrosis and sloughing of dead tissue

car·bun·cled play \-kəld\ adjective
car·bun·cu·lar play \kär-ˈbəŋ-kyə-lər\ adjective

Origin of carbuncle

Middle English, from Anglo-French charbucle, carbuncule, from Latin carbunculus small coal, carbuncle, diminutive of carbon-, carbo charcoal, ember


First Known Use: 13th century


Medical Dictionary

carbuncle

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noun car·bun·cle \ˈkär-ˌbəŋ-kəl\

Medical Definition of carbuncle

  1. :  a painful local purulent inflammation of the skin and deeper tissues with multiple openings for the discharge of pus and usually necrosis and sloughing of dead tissue

  2. car·bun·cu·lar \kär-ˈbəŋ-kyə-lər\play adjective





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