• Abscess

    Pronunciation

    • US IPA: /ˈæbˌsɛs/, /ˈæbˌsɪs/

    Origin

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

    Full definition of abscess

    Noun

    abscess

    (plural abscesses)
    1. 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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    Derived terms

    Verb

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