a localized collection of pus in the tissues of the body, often accompanied by swelling and inflammation and frequently caused by bacteria.
An abscessed tooth will explain her reticence on any other subject.
Mrs. Balfame Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
But the truth would be harder to extract from that stern, scar-twisted mouth, than the abscessed tooth had been.
Murder at Bridge Anne Austin
No, sir; I was off Thursday and Friday with abscessed tooth.
Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
In nine months a gentleman for whom I had filled four molars returned with an inferior one abscessed.
Tin Foil and Its Combinations for Filling Teeth Henry L. Ambler
You’ve had a hard day with the abscessed tooth, the dope the dentist gave you, and—other things.
Murder at Bridge Anne Austin
a localized collection of pus formed as the product of inflammation and usually caused by bacteria
(intransitive) to form such a collection of pus
1846, in medicine, from abscess (n.).
1610s, from Latin abscessus “an abscess” (Celsus), literally “a going away,” from stem of abscedere “withdraw,” from ab- “away” (see ab-) + cedere “to go” (see cede). The notion is that humors “go from” the body through the pus in the swelling.
abscess ab·scess (āb’sěs’)
A collection of pus formed by tissue destruction in an inflamed area of a localized infection.
A cavity that is formed by liquefactive necrosis within solid tissue.
v. ab·scessed, ab·scess·ing, ab·scess·es
To form an abscess.
A localized collection of pus surrounded by infected tissue.
An inflamed area (see inflammation) in the body tissues that is filled with pus.
to sever. v. 1650s, from Latin abscindere “to cut off” (see abscissa). Related: Abscinded; abscinding.
to separate by , as a leaf from a stem. verb to separate or be separated by abscission
- Abscisic acid
a growth-regulating plant hormone, C 15 H 20 O 4 , that promotes dormancy and the aging and abscission of leaves. abscisic acid (āb-sĭz’ĭk) A plant hormone that maintains the water balance of plants, prevents seed embryos from germinating, and induces the dormancy of buds and seeds. Chemical formula: C15H20O4.
(in plane Cartesian coordinates) the x-coordinate of a point: its distance from the y-axis measured parallel to the x-axis. Historical Examples Ordinate represents geo-electric excitation; abscissa, distance from upper surface of flower stalk. Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919 Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose The abscissa of such a curve is the reading of the […]
(in plane Cartesian coordinates) the x-coordinate of a point: its distance from the y-axis measured parallel to the x-axis. noun (pl) -scissas, -scissae (-ˈsɪsiː) the horizontal or x-coordinate of a point in a two-dimensional system of Cartesian coordinates. It is the distance from the y-axis measured parallel to the x-axis Compare ordinate n. 1690s, from […]