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English definition of “abscess”


noun [C]     /ˈæ
a painful swollen area on or in the body that contains pus (= thick, yellow liquid): She had an abscess on her gum.Skin complaints and blemishes
(Definition of abscess noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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