Definition of phlycten in English:

phlycten

(also phlyctaena, phlyctena)

noun

Medicine
  • A blister or vesicle of the skin or eye; specifically (Ophthalmology) a phlyctenule.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Banister (1532/3–?1610), surgeon. From classical Latin phlyctaena kind of pustule (Celsus) from ancient Greek ϕλύκταινα blister, pustule (Hippocrates) from an extended form (also seen in Byzantine Greek ϕλύζειν to boil over, bubble up) of the stem of ϕλύειν to boil over, bubble up (from the same Indo-European base as classical Latin fluere to flow) + -ταινα, suffix forming nouns.

Pronunciation

phlycten

/ˈflɪktən/