Definitions for abscessˈæb sɛs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•scessˈæb sɛs(n.)

  1. a localized accumulation of pus in a body tissue.

    Category: Pathology

Origin of abscess:

1535–45; < L abscessus a going away, abscess =absced-, var. s. of abscēdere to go away, separate off, form an abscess (abs-abs - +cēdere; see cede ) +-tus suffix of v. action

ab′scessed(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abscess(noun)

    symptom consisting of a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue

Wiktionary

  1. abscess(Noun)

    A cavity caused by tissue destruction, usually because of infection, filled with pus and surrounded by inflamed tissue.

  2. abscess(Verb)

    To form a pus filled cavity typically from an infection.

  3. Origin: * First attested in 1615.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abscess(noun)

    a collection of pus or purulent matter in any tissue or organ of the body, the result of a morbid process

Freebase

  1. Abscess

    An abscess is a collection of pus that has accumulated within a tissue because of an inflammatory process in response to either an infectious process or other foreign materials. It is a defensive reaction of the tissue to prevent the spread of infectious materials to other parts of the body. The organisms or foreign materials kill the local cells, resulting in the release of cytokines. The cytokines trigger an inflammatory response, which draws large numbers of white blood cells to the area and increases the regional blood flow. The final structure of the abscess is an abscess wall, or capsule, that is formed by the adjacent healthy cells in an attempt to keep the pus from infecting neighboring structures. However, such encapsulation tends to prevent immune cells from attacking bacteria in the pus, or from reaching the causative organism or foreign object. Abscesses must be differentiated from empyemas, which are accumulations of pus in a preexisting rather than a newly formed anatomical cavity.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Abscess

    Accumulation of purulent material in tissues, organs, or circumscribed spaces, usually associated with signs of infection.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

abscess(noun)

a painful swelling, containing pus

He has a bad abscess under that tooth.

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