Definition of purulent in English:


Syllabification: pu·ru·lent
Pronunciation: /ˈpyo͝or(y)ələnt


Consisting of, containing, or discharging pus.
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  • In such outbreaks, pneumococcal infections have included sepsis, meningitis, purulent conjunctivitis, recurrent otitis media and sinusitis.
  • These complications include pleural infection or empyema, meningitis, purulent pericarditis, or endocarditis.
  • In patients with an obvious focus of infections (eg, purulent nasal discharge, abdominal tenderness, profuse green diarrhea), a focused diagnostic workup is required.


late Middle English: from Latin purulentus 'festering', from pus, pur- (see pus).

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