pus

noun
\ˈpəs \

Definition of pus 

: a thick, opaque, usually yellowish-white, fluid matter that is formed as part of an inflammatory response typically associated with an infection and is composed of exudate chiefly containing dead white blood cells (such as neutrophils), tissue debris, and pathogenic microorganisms (such as bacteria)

Examples of pus in a Sentence

Pus oozed from the cat's injured ear.

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While the first video shows more pus, oil, and blood than most would like to ever see, the second video presents the real kicker. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "This 20-Minute Pimple Popping Video Will Give You Nightmares," 18 June 2018 Tune in next week for a whole new episode, and a whole lot more pus. refinery29.com, "The First Episode Of Dr. Pimple Popper Is A Popaholic's Dream Come True," 12 July 2018 This was confirmed during surgery when doctors discovered her womb had started filling with pus, and her lungs, kidneys and liver were in the early stages of failure. Fox News, "Emotional moment mom meets her baby for first time after she went into septic shock during labor," 10 July 2018 In another, a patient’s chest drain, a tube used to remove air, fluid or pus from the thorax, was dislodged. The Economist, "Hospitals are learning from industry how to cut medical errors," 28 June 2018 The researchers discovered that people generally rated infected wounds producing pus as most disgusting. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Feeling disgust helps us stay healthy, study says," 4 June 2018 Prescott's daughter suffered a nasty, red burn with an oozing, yellow pus center on her arm. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "Huey P. Long Bridge to close early Saturday for race," 10 May 2018 The sacs can fill with fluid or pus, causing a cough, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Causes of That Random Chest Pain," 26 Apr. 2018 An infection can cause abscesses (pockets of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue) to form throughout the buttocks. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Cardi B’s Butt Injection Story Is a Reminder of How Dangerous Illegal Cosmetic Surgery Can Be," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pus

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pus

Latin pur-, pus — more at foul

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pus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pus

medical : a thick, yellowish substance that is produced when a part of the body or a wound becomes infected

pus

noun
\ˈpəs \

Kids Definition of pus

: a thick yellowish substance that is produced when a part of the body or a wound becomes infected

pus

noun
\ˈpəs \

Medical Definition of pus 

: a thick, opaque, usually yellowish-white, fluid matter that is formed as part of an inflammatory response typically associated with an infection and is composed of exudate chiefly containing dead white blood cells (as neutrophils), tissue debris, and pathogenic microorganisms (as bacteria)

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