intransitive verb[no object]
Undergo the formation of pus; fester.‘Over the centuries, the wounds which surgeons were tending, either as a result of injury or inflicted by themselves on their patients, would swell, redden, and suppurate with the discharge of pus.’
fester, form pus, swell up, gather, discharge, rot, run, weep, ooze, come to a headView synonyms
- ‘They're like thumb holes in his ribcage, suppurating and glistening with pus.’
- ‘His bow lost its spring but his wound still suppurated.’
- ‘Strangely enough, the wound in my remaining arm, which still suppurated, was seized with gangrene.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘cause to form pus’): based on Latin sub- ‘below’ + pus, pur- ‘pus’.
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