Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The presence of pus in a body cavity, especially the pleural cavity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A collection of pus within a naturally existing anatomical cavity (as opposed to an abscess, which occurs in a newly formed cavity).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A collection of blood, pus, or other fluid, in some cavity of the body, especially that of the pleura.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, the presence of pus in a pleural cavity; pyothorax. The word was formerly used for other purulent accumulations.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a collection of pus in a body cavity (especially in the lung cavity)

Etymologies

Medieval Latin empyēma, from Greek empuēma, from empuein, to suppurate; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἐμπύημα (empuēma) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Three different methods for accurately measuring breast density and associated complications, including a lung infection called empyema, increased in older children, the study found.

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  • However, pneumonia and associated complications, including a lung infection called empyema, increased in older children, the study found.

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  • But the scientists also found a 70 percent increase in the rate of a pneumonia complication called empyema, a serious and sometimes life-threatening infection in a cavity between the lung and chest wall.

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  • A chest X-ray showed that she had pus between her lungs and chest wall (called an "empyema").

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  • Lung complications related to pneumonia, such as empyema, were highest in children ages one to five years, the study found.

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  • "In contrast, rates of hospitalization for lung complications such as empyema increased by more than 70 percent for children between one and 18 years of age," said Lee.

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  • Anaerobes: Serious respiratory tract infections such as empyema, anaerobic pneumonitis and lung abscess; serious skin and soft tissue infections; • epticemia; intra-abdominal infections such as peritonitis and intra-abdominal abscess (typically resulting from anaerobic organisms resident in the normal gastrointestinal tract); infections of the female pelvis and genital tract such as endometritis, nongonococcal tuboovarian abscess, pelvic cellulitis and postsurgical vaginal cuff infection.

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  • Sometimes the bacteria cause pus to accumulate not only inside the lung, but between the lung and the chest wall (called an empyema).

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  • The surgery had caused an empyema infection on my right side.

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  • Hlongwa said diseases caused by streptococcus pneumoniae were a major public health problem worldwide, and included invasive pneumo diseases such as pneumonia, empyema, meningitis, bacteraemia and non-invasive conditions like middle ear infection, sinusitis and bronchitis.

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