Definition of impostume in English:

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impostume

Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɒstjuːm/
(also imposthume)

noun

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

Origin

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'.

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