Abscess meaning

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A swollen, inflamed area in bodily tissues, in which pus gathers.
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A localized collection of pus in part of the body, formed by tissue disintegration and surrounded by an inflamed area.
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The definition of an abscess is a painful area in the body with inflamed tissue and pus.

An example of an abscess is a bad pimple or blackhead.

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To form an abscess.
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To form an abscess.
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A localized collection of pus in part of the body, formed by tissue disintegration and surrounded by an inflamed area.
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A localized collection of pus surrounded by infected tissue.
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A cavity caused by tissue destruction, usually because of infection, filled with pus and surrounded by inflamed tissue. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
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(intransitive) To form a pus filled cavity typically from an infection.
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To form an abscess.
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Origin of abscess

  • Latin abscessus separation, abscess from past participle of abscēdere to go away, slough, form an abscess (possibly translation of Greek apostēma distance, abscess) (from aphistasthai to withdraw, slough, form an abscess) ab- away ab–1 cēdere to go ked- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin abscessus (“a going away; gathering of humors, abscess”), from abscēdō (“go away, depart”), from abs (“away from”) + cēdō (“go”). See cede.

    From Wiktionary