American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To form or discharge pus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To produce pus: as, a wound suppurates.
- To produce (pus).
- v. intransitive To form or discharge pus.
- v. transitive To cause to generate pus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To generate pus.
- v. To cause to generate pus.
- v. cause to ripen and discharge pus
- v. ripen and generate pus
- Middle English suppuraten, from Latin suppūrāre, suppūrāt- : sub-, sub- + pūs, pūr-, pus; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Even a small nick in the skin, treated thus, could quickly suppurate into a lethal infection.”
“Scot, "Evans is the chief anxiety right now; his cuts and wounds suppurate, his nose looks very bad, and altogether he shows considerable signs of being played out.”
“I always enjoy the comments more when I have to look up words but I might have been able to get through the day without knowing the definition of suppurate.”
“All I get are these sores in my soft palate that suppurate profusely.”
“She doesn't know what's in her, what worm or parasite causes her to suppurate like this, part of her pancreas, part of her bowel; there's that moment of hesitation, that meniscoid pause in the process of boiling up, before it swells over the lip of the toilet -”
“But the wound should be made to suppurate as quickly as possible; for, thus the parts surrounding the wound would be the least disposed to inflammation, and would become the soonest clean; for the flesh which has been chopped and bruised by the blow, must necessarily suppurate and slough away.”
“And the flesh will shoot up and grow below the more quickly, and the pieces of bone ascend, if one will get the wound to suppurate and make it clean as quickly as possible.”
“If a thrombus be formed in the opening, it will inflame and suppurate.”
“But, when the flesh has been contused and roughly cut by the weapon, it is to be so treated that it may suppurate as quickly as possible; for thus the inflammation is less, and it is necessary that the pieces of flesh which are bruised and cut should melt away by becoming putrid, being converted into pus, and that new flesh should then grow up.”
“And the body must be reduced, more especially if there be danger lest the ear suppurate; it will also be better to open the bowels, and if the patient can be readily made to vomit, this may be accomplished by means of the syrmaism.”
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