furunculous

furuncle

[fyoor-uhng-kuhl]
noun Pathology.
boil2.

Origin:
1670–80; < Latin fūrunculus petty thief, boil, equivalent to fūr thief (cf. furtive) + -unculus diminutive suffix extracted from derivatives of n-stems; see homunculus

furuncular [fyoo-ruhng-kyuh-ler] , furunculous, adjective
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furuncle (ˈfjʊərʌŋkəl)
 
n
pathol the technical name for boil
 
[C17: from Latin fūrunculus pilferer, petty thief, sore on the body, from fūr thief]
 
furuncular
 
adj
 
fu'runculous
 
adj

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furuncle
1670s, from L. furunculus, lit. little thief, dim. of fur thief. Related: Furuncular; furunculous.
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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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