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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-ses]
    • /ˈæb sɛs/
    • /ˈæb.ses/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-ses]
    • /ˈæb sɛs/

Definitions of abscess word

  • countable noun abscess An abscess is a painful swelling containing pus. 3
  • noun abscess a localized collection of pus formed as the product of inflammation and usually caused by bacteria 3
  • verb abscess to form such a collection of pus 3
  • noun abscess a swollen, inflamed area in body tissues, in which pus gathers 3
  • intransitive verb abscess to form an abscess 3
  • noun abscess a localized collection of pus in the tissues of the body, often accompanied by swelling and inflammation and frequently caused by bacteria. 1

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Origin of abscess

First appearance:

before 1535
One of the 29% oldest English words
1535-45; < Latin abscessus a going away, abscess, equivalent to absced-, variant stem of abscēdere to go away, separate off, form an abscess (abs- abs- + cēdere; see cede) + -tus suffix of v. action, with -dt- > -ss-

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Parts of speech for Abscess


abscess popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abscess usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abscess

noun abscess

  • ulcer — Pathology. a sore on the skin or a mucous membrane, accompanied by the disintegration of tissue, the formation of pus, etc.
  • carbuncle — A carbuncle is a large swelling under the skin.
  • boil — When a hot liquid boils or when you boil it, bubbles appear in it and it starts to change into steam or vapour.
  • pustule — Pathology. a small elevation of the skin containing pus.
  • sore — suffering bodily pain from wounds, bruises, etc., as a person: He is sore because of all that exercise.

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