abscess

noun
ab·​scess | \ ˈab-ˌses \
plural abscesses\ ˈab-​ˌse-​səz , -​ˌsēz ; -​sə-​səz \

Definition of abscess

: a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue

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Other Words from abscess

abscessed \ -​ˌsest \ adjective
an abscessed tooth [=an infected tooth that has caused an abscess in the gum]

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Marked by sudden intense pain in the abdomen, fever and nausea, diverticulitis can result in serious, even life-threatening complications like an abscess or perforation of the colon that allows bowel contents to leak into the abdomen. Laura Landro, WSJ, "Doctors Rethink the Cause—and Treatment—of Diverticular Disease," 20 Nov. 2018 Doctors realized the abscess had affected Noah's brain development. Kaila White, azcentral, "After salmonella nearly killed their toddler, Glendale parents sue Foster Farms – and win," 11 June 2018 This study gives the physician a lot of information about the colon, and can find perforations, abscesses or obstructions. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Diverticulitis can cause digestive problems for some," 7 June 2018 After a month-long fever and countless visits to the pediatrician, a CT scan revealed that an infection caused by salmonella had caused an abscess in his skull. Kaila White, azcentral, "After salmonella nearly killed their toddler, Glendale parents sue Foster Farms – and win," 11 June 2018 The condition causes painful abscesses and boils to occur near hair follicles, such as the underarms and groin. Allyson Byers, SELF, "I Have a Rare, Chronic Skin Condition, and I Went to Questionable Lengths Looking for a Cure," 1 June 2018 Patients were coming in with skin abscesses and heart valve infections over and over again. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "As opioid crisis grows, medical schools bolster addiction training," 2 June 2018 Having formally been treated for the abscess, Al-Amin was then moved to the U.S. Penitentiary, Canaan, a federal prison in Pennsylvania. Obaid H. Siddiqui, The Root, "The Unofficial Gag Order of Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown): 16 Years in Prison, Still Not Allowed to Speak," 30 May 2018 His abscess appeared to have been drained and treated with an IV. Philly.com, "For doctors in training, out-of-hospital medical encounters can be the most memorable," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of abscess

1574, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abscess

borrowed from Latin abscessus "departure, withdrawal, congestion, abscess," from abscēdere "to go away, withdraw, form an abscess" (from abs-, variant of ab- ab- before c- and t- + cēdere "to go, withdraw, move away") + -tus, suffix of verbal nouns — more at cede

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abscess

noun
ab·​scess | \ ˈab-ˌses \

Kids Definition of abscess

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

Other Words from abscess

abscessed \ -​ˌsest \ adjective

abscess

noun
ab·​scess | \ ˈab-ˌses \
plural abscesses\ ˈab-​səs-​ˌēz , -​ˌses-​ , -​əz \

Medical Definition of abscess

: a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue

Other Words from abscess

abscessed \ -​ˌsest \ adjective

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