Abscess Definition

ăbsĕs
abscesses
noun
A swollen, inflamed area in bodily tissues, in which pus gathers.
Webster's New World
verb

(intransitive) To form a pus filled cavity typically from an infection.

Wiktionary
To form an abscess.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Abscess

Noun

Singular:
abscess
Plural:
abscesses

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

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