abscess

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noun ab·scess \ˈab-ˌses\

Definition of abscess

plural

abscesses

play \ˈab-ˌse-səz, -ˌsēz; -sə-səz\
  1. :  a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue

abscessed

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Origin and Etymology of abscess

Latin abscessus, literally, act of going away, from abscedere to go away, from abs-, ab- + cedere to go


First Known Use: 1615


ABSCESS Defined for English Language Learners

abscess

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noun ab·scess \ˈab-ˌses\

Definition of abscess for English Language Learners

  • medical : a painful area of inflamed tissue that is filled with pus


ABSCESS Defined for Kids

abscess

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noun ab·scess \ˈab-ˌses\

Definition of abscess for Students

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

abscessed

\-ˌsest\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

abscess

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noun ab·scess \ˈab-ˌses\

Medical Definition of abscess

plural

abscesses

\ˈab-səs-ˌēz, -ˌses-, -əz\play play
  1. :  a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue

abscessed

\-ˌsest\play adjective


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