Definition of purulent in English:

purulent

adjective

Medicine
  • Consisting of, containing, or discharging pus.

    ‘a purulent discharge’
    • ‘These complications include pleural infection or empyema, meningitis, purulent pericarditis, or endocarditis.’
    • ‘There was swelling, tenderness, erythema, and slight purulent discharge from the lesion.’
    • ‘In patients with an obvious focus of infections (eg, purulent nasal discharge, abdominal tenderness, profuse green diarrhea), a focused diagnostic workup is required.’
    • ‘The bacterium - which, when symptomatic, causes purulent discharge, dysuria, and urethritis - can also cause ascending infections leading to pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.’
    • ‘In such outbreaks, pneumococcal infections have included sepsis, meningitis, purulent conjunctivitis, recurrent otitis media and sinusitis.’
    infected, festering, suppurating, pus-filled, putrid, putrefying, putrefactive, purulent, poisoned, diseased
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin purulentus festering, from pus, pur- (see pus).

Pronunciation:

purulent

/ˈpjʊərʊl(ə)nt/