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

  • intransitive v. To form or discharge pus.

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  • v. To form or discharge pus.
  • v. To cause to generate pus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To generate pus.
  • transitive v. To cause to generate pus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To produce pus: as, a wound suppurates.
  • To produce (pus).

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

  • v. cause to ripen and discharge pus
  • v. ripen and generate pus


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

Middle English suppuraten, from Latin suppūrāre, suppūrāt- : sub-, sub- + pūs, pūr-, pus; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots.


  • Even a small nick in the skin, treated thus, could quickly suppurate into a lethal infection.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • 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."

    Chronology of Amundsen and Scott Expeditions

  • 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.

    The Indignity of Commuting by Bicycle: The Spring Classics

  • All I get are these sores in my soft palate that suppurate profusely.

    The Indignity of Commuting by Bicycle: The Spring Classics

  • 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 -

    Rick Moody: The Diviners (Excerpt)

  • 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.

    On Injuries Of The Head

  • 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.

    On Injuries Of The Head

  • If a thrombus be formed in the opening, it will inflame and suppurate.

    On Ulcers

  • 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.

    On Ulcers

  • 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.

    On The Articulations


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  • Higgins used this word in Master And Commander when he was talking about the doctor's gunshot wound after Mr. Howard accidentally shot him when he was trying to shoot a seagull and the bullet took in a piece of shirt with it.

    May 29, 2012

  • The open bedsores suppurate and stink...

    I am abusive to a social worker.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    July 4, 2008