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noun (abscess, es)
  1. (pathology) A cavity caused by tissue destruction, usually because of infection, filled with pus and surrounded by inflame, inflamed tissue.
  • Dutch: abces , etterbuil
  • French: abcès
  • German: Abszess
  • Italian: ascesso
  • Spanish: absceso , flemón (gums)
verb (abscess, es)
  1. (intransitive) To form such a collection of pus.
    Etymology: Latin abscessus, a going away, gathering of humors, abscess; past participle of absedere (ab, abs + cedere) to go away , to go off, to retire. See cede

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