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furuncle

[fyoo r-uhng-kuh l] /ˈfyʊər ʌŋ kəl/
noun, Pathology
1.
boil2 .
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Latin fūrunculus petty thief, boil, equivalent to fūr thief (cf. furtive) + -unculus diminutive suffix extracted from derivatives of n-stems; see homunculus
Related forms
furuncular
[fyoo-ruhng-kyuh-ler] /fyʊˈrʌŋ kyə lər/ (Show IPA),
furunculous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for furuncle

furuncle

/ˈfjʊərʌŋkəl/
noun
1.
(pathol) the technical name for boil2
Derived Forms
furuncular (fjʊˈrʌŋkjʊlə), furunculous, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin fūrunculus pilferer, petty thief, sore on the body, from fūr thief
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Word Origin and History for furuncle
n.

"a boil," 1670s, from Latin furunculus, "a boil," literally "little thief," diminutive of fur "thief." Related: Furuncular; furunculous.

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furuncle in Medicine

furuncle fu·run·cle (fyur'ŭng'kəl)
n.
See boil.


fu·run'cu·lar (fyu-rŭng'kyə-lər) or fu·run'cu·lous (-ləs) adj.
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