- full of, containing, forming, or discharging pus; suppurating: a purulent sore.
- attended with suppuration: purulent appendicitis.
- 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