Definition of suppurate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsəpyəˌrāt/ /ˈsəpjəˌreɪt/

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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.’
    • ‘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.’
    fester, form pus, swell up, gather, discharge, rot, run, weep, ooze, come to a head
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘cause to form pus’): based on Latin sub- ‘below’ + pus, pur- ‘pus’.