One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thin discharge from a wound or ulcer, containing serum, pus, and blood.
pus, suppuration, purulence, discharge, secretionView synonyms
- ‘The discharge from the wound altered from a bloody sanies to a white serous fluid.’
- ‘Sanies is thinner than blood, unequally thick, glutinous, and coloured.’
- ‘If the lesion breaks and the sanies flows into the bladder, let her drink goats' or asses' milk.’
- ‘The patient was turned over on her affected side, and during the first twelve hours the plaster drew out two large basins of sanies.’
- ‘The whole hand was a mass of yellow pus, streaked with sanies.’
Mid 16th century: Latin.
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