Meaning of furuncle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfjʊərʌŋk(ə)l/


technical term for boil
‘Commonly known as an abscess or boil, a furuncle is a tender, erythematous, firm or fluctuant mass of walled-off purulent material, arising from the hair follicle.’
  • ‘Common skin infections include cellulitis, erysipelas, impetigo, folliculitis, and furuncles and carbuncles.’
  • ‘Furuncles are deep, tender nodules on hair-bearing areas that develop from the coalescence of several infected follicles, just as carbuncles are a collection of several furuncles.’
  • ‘One patient suffered from a painful furuncle, a little walled off ball of pus under the skin, requiring drainage.’
  • ‘Carbuncles are clusters of furuncles connected subcutaneously, causing deeper suppuration and scarring.’
  • ‘Generally speaking, the more severe the form of acne and furuncle, the higher the concentration used.’
  • ‘The furuncle either remains deep and reabsorbs or it will rupture through to the surface of the skin.’
  • ‘Antibacterial soaps and topical antibiotics are of little benefit once a furuncle has formed.’
  • ‘Common skin infections include cellulitis, erysipelas, impetigo, folliculitis, and furuncles and carbuncles.’
  • ‘Initially, the meatus may still be open, however, as the furuncle grows, it becomes occluded.’
  • ‘Like most small spots or tiny boils, a furuncle is likely to go without any treatment.’
  • ‘A boil or a furuncle is a bacterial abscess or collection of pus and dead tissues that starts in the hair follicles.’
  • ‘Interdigital furuncles are most commonly found on the dorsal aspect of the paw, but may also be found ventrally.’
  • ‘Warm, moist compresses applied to the furuncle help to promote drainage.’
  • ‘With time the furuncle fills with pus and frequently softens and drains.’
  • ‘A boil or furuncle is an infection of a hair follicle.’
  • ‘People who are obese, on corticosteroid therapy, or those with defective white blood cell function may be predisposed to furuncles and carbuncles.’
  • ‘The furuncle was treated with warm compresses and oral antibiotics.’
  • ‘Carbuncle is a large coalescence (joining together) of furuncles with several draining points usually found on the neck, back, or thighs.’
  • ‘That patients with recurrent furuncles commonly have underlying diabetes.’


Late Middle English from Latin furunculus, literally ‘petty thief’, also ‘knob on a vine’ (regarded as stealing the sap), from fur ‘thief’.