Definition of Carbuncle

1. Noun. Deep-red cabochon garnet cut without facets.

Generic synonyms: Garnet

2. Noun. An infection larger than a boil and with several openings for discharge of pus.
Generic synonyms: Staphylococcal Infection
Derivative terms: Carbuncular

Definition of Carbuncle

1. n. A beautiful gem of a deep red color (with a mixture of scarlet) called by the Greeks anthrax; found in the East Indies. When held up to the sun, it loses its deep tinge, and becomes of the color of burning coal. The name belongs for the most part to ruby sapphire, though it has been also given to red spinel and garnet.

Definition of Carbuncle

1. Noun. (archaic) A deep-red or fiery colored garnet or other dark red precious stone, especially when cut cabochon. ¹

2. Noun. An abscess larger than a boil, usually with one or more openings draining pus onto the skin. It is usually caused by bacterial infection. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Carbuncle

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Carbuncle

1. A Staphylococcal skin infection which involves a hair follicle, often referred to as a boil or a furuncle. A group of boils is known as a carbuncle. Symptoms and findings include a tender pea-sized (or larger), red nodule, may ooze pus or weep. Treatment includes warm, wet compresses several times a day. Oral or topical antibiotics may be indicated in some cases. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Carbuncle

carboxypeptidase G
carboxypeptidases
carboxyphenyl
carboxyphenyls
carboxyphosphonoenolpyruvate phosphonomutase
carboxyphosphonoenolpyruvate synthase
carboxyprothrombin
carboxysomal
carboxysome
carboxysomes
carboy
carboyed
carboys
carbromal
carbs
carbuncle (current term)
carbuncled
carbuncles
carbuncular
carbunculation
carbunculations
carbunculosis
carburation
carburations
carburet
carburetant
carburetants
carbureted
carbureting
carburetion

Literary usage of Carbuncle

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1869)
"This excellent surgeon makes pressure by means of a piece of soap plaster with a central aperture, simply applied to the carbuncle and daily renewed. ..."

2. General Surgical Pathology and Therapeutics: In Fifty-one Lectures by Theodor Billroth, Alexander von Winiwarter (1883)
"Limitation of carbuncle to the skin and subcutaneous cellular tissue is very characteristic of fibrinous (diphtheritic) inflammations ; so that on this ..."

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