One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thick yellowish or greenish opaque liquid produced in infected tissue, consisting of dead white blood cells and bacteria with tissue debris and serum.
matter, suppuration, discharge, secretionView synonyms
- ‘The bacteria or fungi, along with infected brain cells and pus, mass together in one area of the brain.’
- ‘In two patients the organism was isolated from pus as well as blood.’
- ‘The formation of pus as a result of infected tissue around the anus or rectum.’
- ‘The effect is perhaps marginally greater in the samples of surgical pus than in the empyema pus.’
- ‘The tonsils and the back of the throat may look red, swollen and dotted with whitish or yellowish patches of pus.’
- ‘There is a urethral discharge, yellow pus, mucus and pus or clear mucus at the opening.’
- ‘Signs and symptoms of an abscess include swelling and redness, pus, and fever.’
- ‘Also very rarely, sinusitis can spread to form a pocket of pus in an eye socket, the brain or a facial bone.’
- ‘Remarkably, he inoculated himself with pus from a suppurating bubo to fortify himself against bubonic plague.’
- ‘The pus is not infected but consists of white blood cells.’
- ‘In some cases, the doctor may need to remove pus and debris from the ear with gentle cleaning or suction.’
- ‘The head may break, and the boil may begin to drain pus, blood, or an amber-colored liquid.’
- ‘Occasionally blisters become infected, and are filled with yellow pus.’
- ‘The areas will usually appear red and purple with yellow pus or clear yellow liquid on the surface.’
- ‘An acute middle ear infection can cause a build up of pus and blood inside the middle ear, which may feel very uncomfortable.’
- ‘The skin over these swollen lymph nodes may become warm and red, and occasionally the lymph nodes drain pus.’
- ‘When the bone is infected, pus is produced within the bone.’
- ‘Sinus drainage is the draining of mucus or pus (present as a result of infection) from the nasal sinuses.’
- ‘The surrounding tissue swells up and thin pus leaks through narrow passages called sinuses onto the surface of the skin.’
- ‘This causes immense pain because in the night, blood, pus, and water from the skin leak out to form a dry crust on the outside of the open weave bandages.’
Late Middle English: from Latin.
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