Definition of Phlegmon

1. n. Purulent inflammation of the cellular or areolar tissue.

Definition of Phlegmon

1. Noun. A solid mass formed by inflamed connective tissue, such as forms around an appendix in appendicitis. ¹

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Definition of Phlegmon

1. an inflammation with pus [n -S]

Medical Definition of Phlegmon

1. 1. A spreading, diffuse inflammatory reaction to infection with microaerophilic streptococci, which forms a suppurative or gangrenous and undermining lesion that may extend into deep subcutaneous tissues and muscles, creating multiple small pockets of pus. Synonym: phlegmonous cellulitis. Compare: cellulitis, erysipelas. 2. A solid, swollen, inflamed mass of pancreatic tissue occurring as a complication of acute pancreatitis, which may subside spontaneously or become secondarily infected and develop into an abscess. Origin: Gr. Phlegmon (13 Nov 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Phlegmon

phlegmon (current term)
phlegmonous abscess
phlegmonous cellulitis
phlegmonous enteritis
phlegmonous erysipelas
phlegmonous gastritis
phlegmonous mastitis
phlegmonous ulcer

Literary usage of Phlegmon

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1. A Treatise on Febrile Diseases: Including the Various Species of Fever, and by Alexander Philip Wilson Philip (1813)
"Dr. Cullen regards this, as well as many of the other fpe- cies enumerated by authors, merely as varieties of the phlegmon, which differs in its form on the ..."

2. Transactions of the Annual Meeting of the American Laryngological Association by American Laryngological Association (1906)
"Primary laryngeal phlegmon is a very rare occurrence, the laryngeal process being nearly exclusively secondary to pharyn- geal phlegmon, and in reviewing ..."

3. A Text-book on surgery by John Allan Wyeth (1890)
"phlegmon of the Hand and Fingers.— phlegmon of the fingers is an exceedingly ... phlegmon of the palmar aspects of the thumb or little finger, not relieved ..."

4. A Treatise on Febrile Diseases: Including Intermitting, Remitting, and by Alexander Philips Wilson Philip (1801)
"The only alteration I would propose on Dr. Cullen's definition of the phlegmon is merely to adapt it to the mode of arrangement I follow. It may be defined, ..."

5. A System of Surgery by Benjamin Bell (1801)
"Of the Symptoms and Terminations of phlegmon. phlegmon is a term which we apply to a ... appearances of phlegmon ..."

6. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1891)
"... raised whether infectious phlegmon of the pharynx is not sometimes attributable to a similar cause though there be no direct evidence of its occurrence. ..."

7. A Manual of Pathological Histology by Victor Cornil (1880)
"The name purulent inflammation, or acute phlegmon, is chosen, since in rare cases where the ... The evolution of acute phlegmon is very rapid; redness, ..."

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