Definition of empyema in English:

empyema

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Pronunciation: /ˌɛmpʌɪˈiːmə
 
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noun

Medicine
  • The collection of pus in a cavity in the body, especially in the pleural cavity: [mass noun]: the treatment of empyema [count noun]: an empyema associated with liver abscesses
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    • These complications include pleural infection or empyema, meningitis, purulent pericarditis, or endocarditis.
    • An empyema or complicated pleural effusion can be identified only by examination of the pleural fluid.
    • Thoracic empyema is defined as an infection of the pleural space associated with the formation of thick, purulent, pleural fluid.

Origin

late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek empuēma, from empuein 'suppurate', from em- 'in' + puon 'pus'.

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