empyema

noun
em·​py·​ema | \ ˌem-ˌpī-ˈē-mə How to pronounce empyema (audio) \
plural empyemata\ ˌem-​ˌpī-​ˈē-​mə-​tə How to pronounce empyemata (audio) \ or empyemas

Definition of empyema

: the presence of pus in a bodily cavity

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Other Words from empyema

empyemic \ ˌem-​ˌpī-​ˈē-​mik How to pronounce empyemic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of empyema in a Sentence

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, "“It’s uncharted territory”: How Australia’s fires are impacting children," 14 Jan. 2020 The infection had formed an abscess called an empyema, which triggered the seizures. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "Doctors thought they knew the cause of a teen's seizures. So why didn't he get better?," 19 Dec. 2017 The infection had formed an abscess called an empyema, which triggered the seizures. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, "Doctors thought they knew the cause of a teen’s terrible seizures. So why didn’t he get better?," 16 Dec. 2017 Other symptoms of a subdural empyema include headaches and lethargy. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "Doctors thought they knew the cause of a teen's seizures. So why didn't he get better?," 19 Dec. 2017 Other symptoms of a subdural empyema include headaches and lethargy. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, "Doctors thought they knew the cause of a teen’s terrible seizures. So why didn’t he get better?," 16 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of empyema

circa 1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for empyema

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

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“Empyema.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empyema. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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empyema

noun
em·​py·​ema | \ ˌem-ˌpī-ˈē-mə How to pronounce empyema (audio) \
plural empyemata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce empyemata (audio) \ also empyemas

Medical Definition of empyema

: the presence of pus in a bodily cavity (as the pleural cavity)

called also pyothorax

Other Words from empyema

empyemic \ -​mik How to pronounce empyemic (audio) \ adjective

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