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.


  1. a localized collection of pus formed as the product of inflammation and usually caused by bacteria


  1. (intr) to form such a collection of pus

1610s, from Latin abscessus “an abscess” (Celsus), literally “a going away,” from stem of abscedere “withdraw,” from ab- “away” (see ab-) + cedere “to go” (see cede). The notion is that humors “go from” the body through the pus in the swelling.


  1. A collection of pus formed by tissue destruction in an inflamed area of a localized infection.
  2. A cavity that is formed by liquefactive necrosis within solid tissue.


  1. To form an abscess.

  1. A localized collection of pus surrounded by infected tissue.

An inflamed area (see inflammation) in the body tissues that is filled with pus.

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