pus

noun \ ˈpəs \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

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

  1. Pus oozed from the cat's injured ear.

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Origin and Etymology of pus

Latin pur-, pus — more at foul


PUS Defined for English Language Learners

pus

noun

Definition of pus for English Language Learners

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


PUS Defined for Kids

pus

noun \ ˈpəs \

Definition of pus for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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