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carbuncle

carbuncle

noun car·bun·cle \ˈkär-ˌbəŋ-kəl\

: 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
a obsolete :  any of several red precious stones
b :  the garnet cut cabochon
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 \-kəld\ adjective
car·bun·cu·lar \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

carbuncle

noun car·bun·cle \ˈkär-ˌbəŋ-kəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CARBUNCLE

:  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·cu·lar \kär-ˈbəŋ-kyə-lər\ adjective

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