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empyema

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noun em·py·ema \ˌem-ˌpī-ˈē-mə\

Definition of empyema

plural em·py·ema·taplay \-mə-tə\ or em·py·emas

  1. :  the presence of pus in a bodily cavity

em·py·emic play \-mik\ adjective


Origin of empyema

Late Latin, from Greek empyēma, from empyein to suppurate, from em- 2en- + pyon pus — more at foul


First Known Use: circa 1605


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empyema

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noun em·py·ema \ˌem-ˌpī-ˈē-mə\

Medical Definition of empyema

plural em·py·ema·ta \-mət-ə\play also em·py·emas

  1. :  the presence of pus in a bodily cavity (as the pleural cavity)—called also pyothorax

  2. em·py·emic \-mik\play adjective




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