from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Necrotic degeneration of bodily tissue into a soft, cheeselike substance.
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- n. A necrotic degeneration of tissue to a cheese-like condition
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A degeneration of animal tissue into a cheesy or curdy mass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The coagulation of milk.
- n. In pathology, transformation into a dull cheese-like mass, as in pus, tubercle, etc.
The disease commences as a tuberculous infiltration of the marrow, which results in softening of the bodies of the affected vertebræ, particularly in their anterior parts, and, as the disease progresses, caseation and suppuration ensue, and the destructive process spreads to the adjacent intervertebral discs.
At first the swelling is covered by epithelium; in time caseation takes place, the epithelium gives way, and an open sore is formed.