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empyema

[em-pee-ee-muh, -pahy-] /ˌɛm piˈi mə, -paɪ-/
noun, Pathology
1.
a collection of pus in a body cavity, especially the pleural cavity.
Also called pyothorax.
Origin of empyema
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin < Greek empýēma abscess, equivalent to em- em-2 + pyē- (variant stem of pyeîn to suppurate, akin to pýon, pýos pus) + -ma noun suffix denoting result of action
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empyemic, adjective
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empyema

/ˌɛmpaɪˈiːmə/
noun (pl) -emata (-ˈiːmətə), -emas
1.
a collection of pus in a body cavity, esp in the chest
Derived Forms
empyemic, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin, from Greek empuēma abscess, from empuein to suppurate, from puon pus
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empyema in Medicine

empyema em·py·e·ma (ěm'pī-ē'mə)
n. pl. em·py·e·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
The presence of pus in a body cavity, especially the pleural cavity.


em'py·e'mic adj.
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