Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Medical Dictionary

abscess

play
noun ab·scess \ˈab-ˌses\

Medical Definition of abscess

plural ab·scess·es \ˈab-səs-ˌēz, -ˌses-, -əz\play play

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

  2. ab·scessed \-ˌsest\play adjective





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up abscess? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders spindrift pince-nez duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ