pus

noun
\ ˈpəs How to pronounce pus (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web These sores and lumps often burst open and release pus and blood, according to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD). Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, 17 Feb. 2022 One order is $15 pus tax, with $12.95 for shipping. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 2 Mar. 2022 Therefore, doctors need to drain such a pocket of pus as soon as possible. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 This presents with small, often tender, red bumps that may be pus-filled. Danielle James, Allure, 8 Jan. 2022 The 14th-century saint Catherine of Siena is famous for drinking the pus of a woman’s open sore in an act of holy self-abasement. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021 Sometimes a procedure to drain an abscess of pus and fluid is performed prior to surgery. Karen Pallarito, Health.com, 29 Nov. 2021 People might also experience fever, chills, peeing a lot or feeling the urge to pee a lot, burning while peeing, nausea, vomiting, pus in the urine, and cloudy, bad-smelling urine. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, 15 Nov. 2021 That pain might feel like something's cutting into the skin, Dr. Sung adds, explaining that, in addition to the above symptoms, patients might notice pus and drainage near the toenail. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, 4 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 entry 1

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30 Apr 2022

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“Pus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pus. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for pus

pus

noun
\ ˈpəs How to pronounce pus (audio) \

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 How to pronounce pus (audio) \

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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