suppurate

verb

sup·​pu·​rate ˈsə-pyə-ˌrāt How to pronounce suppurate (audio)
suppurated; suppurating

intransitive verb

: to form or discharge pus
suppuration noun
suppurative
ˈsə-pyə-rə-tiv How to pronounce suppurate (audio)
-ˌrā-;
ˈsə-prə-tiv
adjective

Word History

Etymology

Latin suppuratus, past participle of suppurare, from sub- + pur-, pus pus — more at foul entry 1

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of suppurate was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Suppurate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suppurate. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

suppurate

verb
sup·​pu·​rate ˈsəp-yə-ˌrāt How to pronounce suppurate (audio)
suppurated; suppurating
: to form or give off pus
suppuration noun

Medical Definition

suppurate

intransitive verb
sup·​pu·​rate ˈsəp-yə-ˌrāt How to pronounce suppurate (audio)
suppurated; suppurating
: to form or discharge pus
a suppurating wound

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