abscess

[ab-ses]
noun Pathology.
a localized collection of pus in the tissues of the body, often accompanied by swelling and inflammation and frequently caused by bacteria.

Origin:
1535–45; < Latin abscessus a going away, abscess, equivalent to absced-, variant stem of abscēdere to go away, separate off, form an abscess (abs- abs- + cēdere; see cede) + -tus suffix of v. action, with -dt- > -ss-

abscessed, adjective
unabscessed, adjective

abscess, obsess.
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abscess (ˈæbsɛs, -sɪs)
 
n
1.  a localized collection of pus formed as the product of inflammation and usually caused by bacteria
 
vb
2.  (intr) to form such a collection of pus
 
[C16: from Latin abscessus a going away, a throwing off of bad humours, hence an abscess, from abscēdere to go away]
 
'abscessed
 
adj

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abscess
1540s, from L. abscessus "an abscess" (Celsus), lit. "a going away," from stem of abscedere "withdraw," from ab- "away" + cedere "to go" (see cede). The notion is that humors "go from" the body through the pus in the swelling.
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abscess ab·scess (āb'sěs')
n.

  1. A collection of pus formed by tissue destruction in an inflamed area of a localized infection.

  2. A cavity that is formed by liquefactive necrosis within solid tissue.

v. ab·scessed, ab·scess·ing, ab·scess·es
To form an abscess.
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abscess   (āb'sěs')  Pronunciation Key 
A localized collection of pus surrounded by infected tissue.
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Cultural Dictionary
abscess [(ab-ses)]

An inflamed area (see inflammation) in the body tissues that is filled with pus.

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Example sentences
The pus from the liver abscesses was filled with the pyogenic vibrio.
The inflammation continued several weeks, and at length terminated in the
  formation of three or four small abscesses.
Abscesses occur when an area of tissue becomes infected and the body's immune
  system tries to fight it.
Occasionally, abscesses cannot be safely drained this way.
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