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

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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


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

play
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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