abscess

noun
ab·​scess | \ ˈab-ˌses How to pronounce abscess (audio) \
plural abscesses\ ˈab-​ˌse-​səz How to pronounce abscess (audio) , -​ˌsēz ; -​sə-​səz How to pronounce abscess (audio) \

Definition of abscess

: a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue

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Other Words from abscess

abscessed \ ˈab-​ˌsest How to pronounce abscess (audio) \ adjective
an abscessed tooth [=an infected tooth that has caused an abscess in the gum]

Examples of abscess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shortly after her arrival, doctors surgically removed her uterus, with medical records seen by CNN showing she was diagnosed for a pelvic abscess and vaginal bleeding, as well as tuberculosis. Ivan Watson And Rebecca Wright, CNN, "Allegations of shackled students and gang rape inside China's detention camps," 18 Feb. 2021 James is sticking his bare hand into a cow’s neck abscess, romantically lit by the blaring headlamps of a car. Alice Burton, Vulture, "All Creatures Great and Small," 14 Feb. 2021 An abscess developed, and the left side of his face swelled up. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Inside Beaumont's COVID-19 units, nurses fear people 'just don't care'," 28 Dec. 2020 He also was hospitalized in March 1992 for a bacterial infection that stemmed from an abscess on the wall of his large intestine. CBS News, "David Dinkins, NYC's first Black mayor, has died at 93," 24 Nov. 2020 He also was hospitalized in March 1992 for a bacterial infection that stemmed from an abscess on the wall of his large intestine. Deepti Hajela, USA TODAY, "David Dinkins, New York City's first African-American mayor, dies at 93," 24 Nov. 2020 He also was hospitalized in March 1992 for a bacterial infection that stemmed from an abscess on the wall of his large intestine. Deepti Hajela, Anchorage Daily News, "NYC’s first African-American mayor, David Dinkins, has died," 24 Nov. 2020 He also was hospitalized in March 1992 for a bacterial infection that stemmed from an abscess on the wall of his large intestine. NBC News, "David Dinkins, New York City's first Black mayor, dies at 93," 24 Nov. 2020 Three weeks ago, The Real co-host was forced to withdraw from competing on Dancing with the Stars after she was diagnosed with epiglottitis and suffered from a parapharyngeal abscess. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Jeannie Mai Says She's 'Underweight and Malnourished' After Emergency Surgery: 'I'm Really Frail'," 24 Nov. 2020

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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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6 Mar 2021

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“Abscess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abscess. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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abscess

noun
ab·​scess | \ ˈab-ˌses How to pronounce abscess (audio) \

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 How to pronounce abscess (audio) \
plural abscesses\ ˈab-​səs-​ˌēz How to pronounce abscess (audio) , -​ˌses-​ How to pronounce abscess (audio) , -​əz \

Medical Definition of abscess

: a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue

Other Words from abscess

abscessed \ -​ˌsest How to pronounce abscess (audio) \ adjective

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