a localized collection of pus in the tissues of the body, often accompanied by swelling and inflammation and frequently caused by bacteria.
Historical Examples

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.
abscess [(ab-ses)]

An inflamed area (see inflammation) in the body tissues that is filled with pus.

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