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abscess

Pronunciation: ab′ses

Definition:

  1. A circumscribed collection of purulent exudate frequently associated with swelling and other signs of inflammation.
  2. A cavity formed by liquefactive necrosis within solid tissue.

[L. abscessus, a going away]

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