furuncle
noun Etymology: Latin furunculus petty thief, boil, diminutive of furon-, furo ferret, thief, from fur Date: 1676 boil II

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  • Furuncle — Fu run*cle, n. [L. furunculus a petty thief, a boil, dim. of fur thief: cf. F. furoncle.] (Med.) A superficial, inflammatory tumor, suppurating with a central core; a boil. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • furuncle — a boil, 1670s, from L. furunculus, a boil, lit. “little thief,” dim. of fur “thief.” Related: Furuncular; furunculous …   Etymology dictionary

  • furuncle — *abscess, boil, carbuncle, pimple, pustule …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • furuncle — [fyo͞o′ruŋ kəl, fyoor′uŋ΄kəl] n. [L furunculus, petty thief, boil, dim. of fur, thief: see FURTIVE] BOIL2 furuncular [fyoo ruŋ′kyo͞o lər] adj. furunculous [fyoo ruŋ′kyooləs] …   English World dictionary

  • furuncle — a small area of infection beneath the skin which develops into a raised abscess, forming a lump on the skin typically 10 30 mm across. It may drain externally. The furuncle may develop from the inflamed intestine in fish with furunculosis. Most… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • furuncle — furuncular /fyoo rung kyeuh leuhr/, furunculous, adj. /fyoor ung keuhl/, n. Pathol. boil2. [1670 80; < L furunculus petty thief, boil, equiv. to fur thief (cf. FURTIVE) + unculus dim. suffix extracted from derivs. of n stems; see HOMUNCULUS] * *… …   Universalium

  • furuncle — noun a boil or infected, inflamed, pus filled sore …   Wiktionary

  • Furuncle — Nothing more nor less than a "boil" with a fancy name. A boil is a collection of pus. Antibiotics are often not very helpful in treating abscesses. The main treatments include hot packs and draining ("lancing") the abscess,… …   Medical dictionary

  • furuncle — Synonyms and related words: abscess, aposteme, bed sore, blain, bleb, blister, boil, bubo, bulla, bump, bunion, canker, canker sore, carbuncle, chancre, chancroid, chilblain, cold sore, corn, cyst, dilatation, dilation, distension, edema, eschar …   Moby Thesaurus

  • furuncle — fu·run·cle || fjÊŠrʌŋkl / fjÊŠÉ™r n. boil, inflamed sore …   English contemporary dictionary

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