abscess
\ \ [16] Abscess comes, via French abcès, from Latin abscessus, a noun derived from abscēderego away’. The constituent parts of this compound verb are absaway’ and cēderego’, which has given English cede and a whole range of other words, such as accede and recede.
\ \ The notion linking ‘abscesses’ and ‘going away’ was that impure or harmful bodily humours were eliminated, or ‘went away’, via the pus that gathered in abscesses. It originated amongst the Greeks, who indeed had a word for it: apostema. This meant literally ‘separation’ (apoaway’ and histánaistand’), and Latin abscessus was an approximate translation of it, possibly by Aulus Cornelius Celsus, the Roman writer on medical and other matters.
\ \ Cf.ACCEDE, CEDE, RECEDE

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  • abscess — [ab′ses΄] n. [L abscessus < abscedere, to go from < ab(s) , from + cedere, to go: from the notion that humors go from the body into the swelling] a swollen, inflamed area in body tissues, in which pus gathers vi. to form an abscess… …   English World dictionary

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  • abscess — abscessed, adj. /ab ses/, n. Pathol. a localized collection of pus in the tissues of the body, often accompanied by swelling and inflammation and frequently caused by bacteria. [1535 45; < L abscessus a going away, abscess, equiv. to absced , var …   Universalium

  • Abscess — A local accumulation of pus anywhere in the body. The following are some examples of abscesses: {{}}A skin abscess is better known as a common boil; A peritonsillar abscess is a persistent collection of pus behind the tonsils; and A perianal… …   Medical dictionary

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