Thursday, March 24, 2016

Word of the day: purulent

The word of the day is purulent:
  1. full of, containing, forming, or discharging pus; suppurating: a purulent sore.
  2. attended with suppuration: purulent appendicitis.
  3. of the nature of or like pus: purulent matter.
1597, from M.Fr. purulent, from L. purulentus "full of pus," from pus (gen. puris) "pus" (see pus).


"The procedure was a partial success, but over the next six months, Ambler would have to operate, again and again, to drain the 'purulent matter' off the eye."

 - Hampton Sides, In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

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