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pus

[puhs] /pʌs/
noun
1.
a yellow-white, more or less viscid substance produced by suppuration and found in abscesses, sores, etc., consisting of a liquid plasma in which white blood cells are suspended.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin; akin to Greek pýon pus. See pyo-
Related forms
puslike, adjective
Can be confused
pus, puss.
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Examples for pus
  • They occur when an infection causes pus and infected material to collect in the skin.
  • But the swelling remained and the wound continued to ooze pus.
  • Wolff, however, argued that much of the damage that actinomycosis causes in humans is due to pus.
  • The infection causes pus or fluid to build up behind the eardrum.
  • pus or fluid may be drained and sent to a laboratory to determine what type of bacteria or fungus is causing the infection.
  • More often, they increase in discomfort as pus collects.
  • The main symptom of ecthyma is a small blister with a red border that may be filled with pus.
  • Emergency medical workers found his little body wet with pus.
  • The nodules may drain small amounts of pus from time to time.
  • It may also identify small amounts of pus draining from the opening of a sinus.
British Dictionary definitions for pus

pus

/pʌs/
noun
1.
the yellow or greenish fluid product of inflammation, composed largely of dead leucocytes, exuded plasma, and liquefied tissue cells
Word Origin
C16: from Latin pūs; related to Greek puon pus
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Word Origin and History for pus
n.

late 14c., from Latin pus "pus, matter from a sore;" figuratively "bitterness, malice" (related to puter "rotten;" cf. putrid), from PIE *pu- (2) "to rot, decay" (cf. Sanskrit puyati "rots, stinks," putih "stinking, foul;" Greek puon "discharge from a sore," pythein "to cause to rot;" Gothic fuls, Old English ful "foul"), perhaps originally echoic of a natural exclamation of disgust.

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pus in Medicine

pus (pŭs)
n.
A generally viscous, yellowish-white fluid formed in infected tissue, consisting of white blood cells, cellular debris, and necrotic tissue.

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pus in Science
pus
  (pŭs)   
A thick, yellowish-white liquid that forms in infected body tissues, consisting of white blood cells, dead tissue, and cellular debris.
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Encyclopedia Article for pus

thick, opaque, usually yellowish white fluid matter formed in association with inflammation caused by the invasion of the body by infective microorganisms (such as bacteria). It is composed of degenerating leukocytes (white blood cells), tissue debris, and living or dead microorganisms. See inflammation.

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