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[puhs] /pʌs/
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 of pus
1535-45; < Latin; akin to Greek pýon pus. See pyo-
Related forms
puslike, adjective
Can be confused
pus, puss. Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


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

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)
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
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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