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bubo

Syllabification: bu·bo
Pronunciation: /ˈb(y)o͞obō
 
/

Definition of bubo in English:

noun (plural buboes)

A swollen, inflamed lymph node in the armpit or groin.
Example sentences
  • These buboes were very painful to the sufferer.
  • ‘The most obvious symptom is the swelling of the lymphatic glands nearest the point of the infected bite or skin lesion into large, hard and painful tumours called buboes,’ said the WHO on its website.
  • The bubonic plague typically presents two to eight days after exposure, with sudden onset of fever, chills, weakness, and acutely swollen lymph nodes called buboes (usually in the groin, axilla, or cervical regions).

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin, from Greek boubōn 'groin or swelling in the groin'.

Derivatives

bubonic

1
Pronunciation: /b(y)o͞oˈbänik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Plague most commonly presents as the bubonic form but also can appear as septicemic or pneumonic forms.
  • The main form, bubonic, often starts out with fever, chills, and enlarged lymph nodes.
  • Three clinical forms of human plague exist: bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic.

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