empyema

noun

em·​py·​ema ˌem-ˌpī-ˈē-mə How to pronounce empyema (audio)
plural empyemata ˌem-ˌpī-ˈē-mə-tə How to pronounce empyema (audio) or empyemas
: the presence of pus in a bodily cavity
empyemic adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There were three cases of empyema at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in both December 2017 and December 2018; in December 2019, there were six. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 14 Jan. 2020 The infection had formed an abscess called an empyema, which triggered the seizures. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, 19 Dec. 2017 The infection had formed an abscess called an empyema, which triggered the seizures. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2017 Other symptoms of a subdural empyema include headaches and lethargy. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, 19 Dec. 2017 Other symptoms of a subdural empyema include headaches and lethargy. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Late Latin, from Greek empyēma, from empyein to suppurate, from em- en- entry 2 + pyon pus — more at foul entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1605, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of empyema was circa 1605

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Cite this Entry

“Empyema.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empyema. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

empyema

noun
em·​py·​ema ˌem-ˌpī-ˈē-mə How to pronounce empyema (audio)
plural empyemata -mət-ə How to pronounce empyema (audio) also empyemas
: the presence of pus in a bodily cavity (as the pleural cavity)

called also pyothorax

empyemic adjective

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