Definition of abscess noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæbses//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbses//
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a swollen and infected area on your skin or in your body, full of a thick yellowish liquid (called pus) a painful abscess on the gum Word Originmid 16th cent.: 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.Extra examples I developed an abscess on my neck. Once an abscess has burst it should be bathed with antiseptic liquid. He had a painful abscess on his gum.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: abscess