from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The formation or discharge of pus.
  • noun Pus.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Formation of pus.
  • noun The matter produced by suppuration; pus: as, the suppuration was abundant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or process of suppurating.
  • noun The matter produced by suppuration; pus.

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  • noun medicine Decay in tissue producing pus, or the pus itself.

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

  • noun (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus
  • noun a fluid product of inflammation


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1540s, from Latin sūppuratiō.


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  • The analogy between this phenomenon and what happens when a man has a splinter that causes inflammation and suppuration is extraordinary.

    Ilya Mechnikov - Nobel Lecture 1967

  • When the happy ending of rapid resolution is denied us, then, in addition to the condition we have described as suppuration, we may meet with one or other of the following complications:

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot Harry Caulton Reeks

  • Healing then occurs by granulation or suppuration, which is termed healing by second intention.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse Charles B. Michener 1877

  • _ A caries of the bones may be termed a suppuration of them; it differs from the above, as it generally is occasioned by some external injury, as in decaying teeth; or by venereal virus, as in nodes on the tibia; or by other matter derived to the bone in malignant fevers; and is not confined to the ends of them.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life Erasmus Darwin 1766

  • When an instrument is introduced through an intractable stricture, and is left there either for some hours, or for some days, to excite what is called "suppuration" of the stricture. [

    A Manual of the Operations of Surgery For the Use of Senior Students, House Surgeons, and Junior Practitioners Joseph Bell 1874

  • And if your stupid little malware gets on my PC again, I hope the suppuration spreads up your legs until it reaches areas more vital than toes.

    Brian Ruckley · Further Book Matters (and a curse) 2009

  • In the postsurgical wards of the Glasgow infirmary, Lister had again and again seen an angry red margin begin to spread out from the wound and then the skin seemed to rot from inside out, often followed by fever, pus, and a swift death a bona fide “suppuration”.

    The Emperor of All Maladies Siddhartha Mukherjee 2010

  • “A suppuration of blood,” Bennett called his case.

    The Emperor of All Maladies Siddhartha Mukherjee 2010

  • Leukemia, then, was not a suppuration of blood, but neoplasia of blood.

    The Emperor of All Maladies Siddhartha Mukherjee 2010

  • Yet to arrive at this new era, cancer biologists would again need to circle back to old observations—to the peculiar illness that John Bennett had called a “suppuration of blood,” that Virchow had reclassified as weisses Blut in 1847, and that later researchers had again reclassified as chronic myeloid leukemia or CML.

    The Emperor of All Maladies Siddhartha Mukherjee 2010


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