Definition of Empyema

1. Noun. A collection of pus in a body cavity (especially in the lung cavity).

Generic synonyms: Inflammatory Disease
Specialized synonyms: Purulent Pleurisy

Definition of Empyema

1. n. A collection of blood, pus, or other fluid, in some cavity of the body, especially that of the pleura.

Definition of Empyema

1. Noun. (medicine) A collection of pus within a naturally existing anatomical cavity (as opposed to an abscess, which occurs in a newly formed cavity). ¹

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Definition of Empyema

1. a collection of pus in a body cavity [n -EMATA or -EMAS] : EMPYEMIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Empyema

1. The accumulation of pus in a cavity of the body, when used without a descriptive qualifier, it refers to thoracic empyema. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Empyema

empyaemic scoliosis
empyema (current term)
empyema benignum
empyema necessitatis
empyema of gallbladder
empyema of the pericardium
empyema tube

Literary usage of Empyema

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

1. American Journal of Roentgenology by American Radium Society (1919)
"THE purpose of this paper is to discuss the pathology of empyema in so far as it ... The word empyema, by general usage, has come to be applied loosely, ..."

2. The Surgical Clinics of North America by Robert E. Hermann, Avram M. Cooperman (1922)
"WYMAN WHITTEMORE MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL TWO UNUSUAL CASES OF empyema THESE 2 cases of empyema are very unusual and are so unlike the ordinary acute ..."

3. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1921)
"As a result of the study of large numbers of cases of empyema in the ... The prognosis is most favorable in the pneumococcus type of empyema and least ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1919)
"Anatomical Diagnosis: empyema, left; pericarditis, purulent acute (200 cc); ... Clinical Diagnosis: Pneumonia, lobar lower left and right; empyema, ..."

5. Modern Surgery: General and Operative by John Chalmers Da Costa (1907)
"When an empyema ruptures into a bronchus, pneumothorax arises, as a rule. empyema may cause death by compression of the heart and lung, pulmonary embolism, ..."

6. The Principles and practice of medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1903)
"PURULENT PLEURISY (empyema). Etiology.—Pus in the pleura is met with under the following conditions: (a) As a sequence of acute ..."

7. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1903)
"WHEN an empyema has been diagnosed, and an operation for its relief has been ... The good or bad results that follow upon an empyema are less dependent upon ..."

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