|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|abscess (ˈæbsɛs, -sɪs)|
|1.||a localized collection of pus formed as the product of inflammation and usually caused by bacteria|
|2.||(intr) to form such a collection of pus|
|[C16: from Latin abscessus a going away, a throwing off of bad humours, hence an abscess, from abscēdere to go away]|
abscess ab·scess (āb'sěs')
A collection of pus formed by tissue destruction in an inflamed area of a localized infection.
A cavity that is formed by liquefactive necrosis within solid tissue.
|abscess (āb'sěs') Pronunciation Key
A localized collection of pus surrounded by infected tissue.
An inflamed area (see inflammation) in the body tissues that is filled with pus.