One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The collection of pus in a cavity in the body, especially in the pleural cavity.
- ‘Subsequent studies have shown that the penetration of aminoglycosides, particularly gentamicin, into the pleural fluid is poor if an empyema is present.’
- ‘These complications include pleural infection or empyema, meningitis, purulent pericarditis, or endocarditis.’
- ‘An empyema or complicated pleural effusion can be identified only by examination of the pleural fluid.’
- ‘In this review we discuss the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of pneumothorax, pleural effusion, and empyema.’
- ‘A parapneumonic effusion was defined as one associated with bacterial pneumonia, including empyema.’
- ‘Thoracic empyema is defined as an infection of the pleural space associated with the formation of thick, purulent, pleural fluid.’
Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek empuēma, from empuein ‘suppurate’, from em- ‘in’ + puon ‘pus’.
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