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[suhp-yuh-reyt] /ˈsʌp yəˌreɪt/
verb (used without object), suppurated, suppurating.
to produce or discharge pus, as a wound; maturate.
1555-65; < Latin suppūrātus (past participle of suppūrāre), equivalent to sup- sup- + pūr- (stem of pūs) pus + -ātus -ate1
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unsuppurated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for suppurate
  • Involved nodes become swollen and tender, and may suppurate.
  • Inflammation spreads to the lymph nodes, which enlarge and may suppurate.
  • The sores began to badly suppurate from the infections.
British Dictionary definitions for suppurate


(intransitive) (pathol) (of a wound, sore, etc) to discharge pus; fester
Word Origin
C16: from Latin suppūrāre, from sub- + pūspus
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Word Origin and History for suppurate

1560s, from Latin suppuratus, past participle of suppurare (see suppuration). Related: Suppurated; suppurating.

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suppurate in Medicine

suppurate sup·pu·rate (sŭp'yə-rāt')
v. sup·pu·rat·ed, sup·pu·rat·ing, sup·pu·rates
To form or discharge pus.

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