What does abscess mean?

Definitions for abscessˈæb sɛs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abscess(noun)

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


  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

  2. Origin: [L. abscessus a going away, gathering of humors, abscess, fr. abscessus, p. p. of absedere to go away; ab, abs + cedere to go off, retire. See Cede.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abscess

    ab′ses, n. a collection of purulent matter within some tissue of the body. [L. abscessusabs, away, cedĕre, cessum, to go, to retreat.]

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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abscess in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abscess in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  1. Jim Oosterhuis:

    The inside of the abscess is very hard, and we want to determine what may be causing this, at this point, we simply don't know.

  2. Rona Barrett:

    The healthy, the strong individual, is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he has an abscess on his knee or in his soul.

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