Definition of Abscess

1. Noun. Symptom consisting of a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue.

Generic synonyms: Symptom
Specialized synonyms: Abscessed Tooth
Terms within: Head, Purulence, Purulency

Definition of Abscess

1. n. A collection of pus or purulent matter in any tissue or organ of the body, the result of a morbid process.

Definition of Abscess

1. Noun. (context: medical) A cavity caused by tissue destruction, usually because of infection, filled with pus and surrounded by inflamed tissue. ¹

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

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Definition of Abscess

1. to form an abscess (a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue) [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Abscess

1. A localised collection of pus caused by suppuration buried in tissues, organs or confined spaces. Usually due to an infective process. Origin: L. Abscessus, from ab = away, cedere = to go (18 Nov 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Abscess

abruptio placentae
abruptio placentarum
abruptiones placentarum
abruptly-pinnate leaf
abscess (current term)
abscess root
abscess scan
abscessed tooth

Literary usage of Abscess

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Lancet (1898)
"Several cases of abscess of the liver have been met with which have been the ... The former class includes tropical abscess, both the so-called amoebic and ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"The walls become callous, and not rarely new abscesses develop in the neighborhood of the original. It is best in these cases to open and drain the abscess ..."

3. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"abscess of the Liver (Suppurative Hepatitis, Tropical abscess of the Liver, ... The single or solitary abscess is the more favorable for prognosis. ..."

4. Clinical Hematology: A Practical Guide to the Examination of the Blood with by John C. DaCosta (1901)
"The size of the primary abscess cannot be estimated by the height of the ... Complete evacuation of the abscess is soon followed by a disappearance of the ..."

5. Microscopical Morphology of the Animal Body in Health and Disease by Carl Heitzmann (1882)
"Alveolar abscess. This is a peculiar form of suppurative inflammation on the apices of the roots of teeth. Examinations of microscopical sections through ..."

6. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1912)
"Perforation externally is readily recognized, and yet in an abscess cavity ... When the abscess is large, and the adhesions are so firm that the liver does ..."

7. The Science and art of surgery by John Eric Erichsen (1854)
"When the cyst of the abscess has again filled somewhat, ... Instead of making the valvular opening in this way, a chronic abscess may sometime« be ..."

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