Definition of abscess in English:

abscess

Syllabification: ab·scess
Pronunciation: /ˈabˌses
 
/

noun

A swollen area within body tissue, containing an accumulation of pus.
More example sentences
  • Surgery may be necessary to drain abscesses, debride infected tissue, or stabilize the spine and relieve spinal cord compression.
  • However, subcutaneous injections can cause abscesses and granulomas.
  • Cerebral abscesses are typically circumscribed lesions with surrounding vasogenic edema.
Synonyms
ulcer, ulceration, cyst, boil, blister, sore, pustule, carbuncle, pimple, wen, whitlow, canker; inflammation, infection, eruption

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin abscessus 'a going away', from the verb abscedere, from ab- 'away from' + cedere 'go', referring to the elimination of infected matter via the pus.

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