Definition of furuncle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfjʊərʌŋk(ə)l/


Technical term for boil2.
Example sentences
  • Commonly known as an abscess or boil, a furuncle is a tender, erythematous, firm or fluctuant mass of walled-off purulent material, arising from the hair follicle.
  • Common skin infections include cellulitis, erysipelas, impetigo, folliculitis, and furuncles and carbuncles.
  • Furuncles are deep, tender nodules on hair-bearing areas that develop from the coalescence of several infected follicles, just as carbuncles are a collection of several furuncles.



Pronunciation: /fjʊəˈrʌŋkjʊlə/
Example sentences
  • Lidocaine hydrochloride can also be injected into the furuncular lesion to facilitate extraction.
  • Symptoms of infestation include a locally painful, firm furuncular lesion, often with a centrally located pore.
  • Prophylaxis in design, construction and maintenance is valuable, but experience with furuncular conditions is inevitable in even the most ideal systems.


Pronunciation: /fjʊəˈrʌŋkjʊləs/
Example sentences
  • A 4-year-old girl, who had just arrived from Bolivia, was referred to our Emergency Department, as a result of furunculous lesions on the scalp.
  • In vivid portrayals, they visualise their suffering in the form of furunculous skin, crippled limbs, resigned postures and contorted facial traits.


Late Middle English: from Latin furunculus, literally 'petty thief', also 'knob on a vine' (regarded as stealing the sap), from fur 'thief'.

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