- a localized collection of pus in the tissues of the body, often accompanied by swelling and inflammation and frequently caused by bacteria.
- a localized collection of pus formed as the product of inflammation and usually caused by bacteria
- (intr) to form such a collection of pus
1846, in medicine, from abscess (n.).
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.
- A collection of pus formed by tissue destruction in an inflamed area of a localized infection.
- A cavity that is formed by liquefactive necrosis within solid tissue.
- To form an abscess.
- A localized collection of pus surrounded by infected tissue.
An inflamed area (see inflammation) in the body tissues that is filled with pus.