bu·​bo | \ ˈbyü-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce bubo (audio) , ˈbü- \
plural buboes

Definition of bubo

: an inflammatory swelling of a lymph gland especially in the groin

Other Words from bubo

bubonic \ byü-​ˈbä-​nik How to pronounce bubo (audio) , bü-​ \ adjective

Examples of bubo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Porters greeting the ships found a grisly sight: a few ill sailors, their bodies ravaged with black, oozing buboes, standing on deck among their dead crewmates. Fox News, 22 Apr. 2020 The inflamed lymph gland was widely known as a bubo, giving rise to the term bubonic plague. National Geographic, 23 Apr. 2020 Pus filled buboes then grow on parts of the body -- generally in the armpit and groin area -- and a fever develops. Fox News, 22 Apr. 2020 But, within a few days, victims developed the classic symptoms of bubonic plague—lumps, or buboes, in their groin and under their arms. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 30 Mar. 2020 There, the bacteria multiply, causing the dark, swollen lump called buboes that give the plague its name. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 12 June 2018 Nevertheless, the bubonic plague, which is characterized by buboes, or swollen lymph nodes in people, is the most common form, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, 14 June 2018 These prominent buboes give their name to bubonic plague. Maggie Fox, NBC News, 3 Nov. 2017 This causes a painful swelling called a bubo, where the infection gets its name. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 6 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of bubo

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bubo

Medieval Latin bubon-, bubo, from Greek boubōn

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bu·​bo | \ ˈb(y)ü-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce bubo (audio) \
plural buboes

Medical Definition of bubo

: an inflammatory swelling of a lymph node especially in the groin

Other Words from bubo

bubonic \ b(y)ü-​ˈbän-​ik How to pronounce bubo (audio) \ adjective

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