Definition of furuncle in English:

furuncle

noun

  • technical term for boil
    • ‘Like most small spots or tiny boils, a furuncle is likely to go without any treatment.’
    • ‘Carbuncles are clusters of furuncles connected subcutaneously, causing deeper suppuration and scarring.’
    • ‘People who are obese, on corticosteroid therapy, or those with defective white blood cell function may be predisposed to furuncles and carbuncles.’
    • ‘The furuncle was treated with warm compresses and oral antibiotics.’
    • ‘Common skin infections include cellulitis, erysipelas, impetigo, folliculitis, and furuncles and carbuncles.’
    • ‘Furuncles are deep, tender nodules on hair-bearing areas that develop from the coalescence of several infected follicles, just as carbuncles are a collection of several furuncles.’
    • ‘Generally speaking, the more severe the form of acne and furuncle, the higher the concentration used.’
    • ‘A boil or furuncle is an infection of a hair follicle.’
    • ‘Commonly known as an abscess or boil, a furuncle is a tender, erythematous, firm or fluctuant mass of walled-off purulent material, arising from the hair follicle.’
    • ‘Initially, the meatus may still be open, however, as the furuncle grows, it becomes occluded.’
    • ‘Interdigital furuncles are most commonly found on the dorsal aspect of the paw, but may also be found ventrally.’
    • ‘One patient suffered from a painful furuncle, a little walled off ball of pus under the skin, requiring drainage.’
    • ‘Carbuncle is a large coalescence (joining together) of furuncles with several draining points usually found on the neck, back, or thighs.’
    • ‘The furuncle either remains deep and reabsorbs or it will rupture through to the surface of the skin.’
    • ‘Antibacterial soaps and topical antibiotics are of little benefit once a furuncle has formed.’
    • ‘Warm, moist compresses applied to the furuncle help to promote drainage.’
    • ‘That patients with recurrent furuncles commonly have underlying diabetes.’
    • ‘A boil or a furuncle is a bacterial abscess or collection of pus and dead tissues that starts in the hair follicles.’
    • ‘With time the furuncle fills with pus and frequently softens and drains.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin furunculus, literally petty thief, also knob on a vine (regarded as stealing the sap), from fur thief.

Pronunciation:

furuncle

/ˈfjʊərʌŋk(ə)l/