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  • n. An abscess.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as impostumate.
  • n. A collection of pus or purulent matter in any part of an animal body; an abscess.


From Old French empostume, alteration of apostume ("apostume, large abscess"), from Latin apostema, from Ancient Greek ἀπόστεμα ("separation of pus into an abscess"). (Wiktionary)


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  • "Splinter-wounds occupied them for some time: instances of healing at first intent, instances of malignant impostumes; and when Stephen stood up Jack said 'I will come with you.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 183

    March 7, 2008