Definition of impostume in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɒstjuːm/
(also imposthume)


A swelling containing pus; an abscess: an impostume in his breast the patient was dangerously ill of an imposthume


Late Middle English: from Old French empostume, alteration of apostume, from Latin and Greek apostema 'separation of pus into an abscess', from Greek apostēnai 'withdraw'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: im|pos¦tume

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.