Noun Abscess Definition and Examples







A swollen area within body tissue, containing an accumulation of pus.
  1. figurative 'one of his priorities as prime minister was to lance the abscess of corruption'
  2. 'The neurologist who examined her found and drained an epidural abscess from the lumbar region.'
  3. 'Surgery may be necessary to drain abscesses, debride infected tissue, or stabilize the spine and relieve spinal cord compression.'
  4. 'Brain abscesses are a medical emergency because they can raise the pressure on the brain to a point that may be fatal.'
  5. 'A history of fever, chills or urinary tract infection suggests an infected cyst or an abscess.'
  6. 'If untreated, jaundice can lead to infection and abscesses in the liver, which can be fatal.'
  7. 'Symptoms often depend on whereabouts in the body the abscess occurs.'
  8. 'Most epidural abscesses are located posteriorly in the thoracic or lumbar spine.'
  9. 'Three cases involved a septic knee joint, and two patients developed subcutaneous abscesses.'
  10. 'In order to treat a tooth with an abscess your dentist will drain the abscess to release the pressure and relieve pain.'
  11. 'Most brain abscesses occur when infection spreads to the brain from elsewhere in the body, mostly from nearby areas such as the ears.'
((n.) A collection of pus or purulent matter in any tissue or organ of the body, the result of a morbid process.)

noun, Pathology.

1. a localized collection of pus in the tissues of the body, often accompanied by swelling and inflammation and frequently caused by bacteria.


"There can be abscess cavities."
"abscesses can be due to injectings."
"abscesses can be on undersides."
"abscesses can be on parts."
"abscesses can be on breasts."
"abscesses can be on ankles."
"pains can have abscesses."
"organs can have abscesses."
"oppositions can have abscesses."
"corruptions can have abscesses."
"complacencies can have abscesses."
"cavities can have abscesses."
"abscesses can be in tissues."
"abscesses can be in throats."
"abscesses can be in theres."
"abscesses can be in nodes."
"abscesses can be in lungs."
"abscesses can be in hemispheres."
"abscesses can be in ers."
"abscesses can be due to contaminations."

Mid 16th century: from Latin abscessus ‘a going away’, from the verb abscedere, from ab- ‘away from’ + cedere ‘go’, referring to the elimination of infected matter via the pus.

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