carbuncle

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noun car·bun·cle \ˈkär-ˌbəŋ-kəl\

Definition of carbuncle

  1. 1a obsolete :  any of several red precious stonesb :  the garnet cut cabochon

  2. 2 :  a painful local purulent inflammation of the skin and deeper tissues with multiple openings for the discharge of pus and usually necrosis and sloughing of dead tissue

carbuncled

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carbuncular

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Origin and Etymology of carbuncle

Middle English, from Anglo-French charbucle, carbuncule, from Latin carbunculus small coal, carbuncle, diminutive of carbon-, carbo charcoal, ember


First Known Use: before 12th century


CARBUNCLE Defined for English Language Learners

carbuncle

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Definition of carbuncle for English Language Learners

  • : a large painful swelling under the skin

  • : a jewel (such as a garnet) that is cut into a rounded shape


Medical Dictionary

carbuncle

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noun car·bun·cle \ˈkär-ˌbəŋ-kəl\

Medical Definition of carbuncle

  1. :  a painful local purulent inflammation of the skin and deeper tissues with multiple openings for the discharge of pus and usually necrosis and sloughing of dead tissue

carbuncular

\kär-ˈbəŋ-kyə-lər\play adjective


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