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carbuncle

 [kahr´bung-k'l]
a necrotizing infection of skin and subcutaneous tissue composed of a cluster of boils (furuncles), usually due to Staphylococcus aureus, with multiple formed or incipient drainage sinuses. They are often a symptom of poor health. adj., adj carbunc´ular.

Like boils, carbuncles are caused by pus-forming bacteria. These organisms are often present on the skin but are unable to do any damage unless resistance is lowered by such conditions as irritating friction, cuts, poor health, nutritional deficiency, or diabetes mellitus.

Treatment includes administration of antibiotics and incision and drainage when necessary to remove exudate. Efforts are made to determine the cause of the carbuncles so that it can be eliminated.
malignant carbuncle anthrax.

car·bun·cle

(kar'bŭng-kil),
Deep-seated pyogenic infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, usually arising in several contiguous hair follicles, with formation of connecting sinuses.
[L. carbunculus, dim. of carbo, a live coal, a carbuncle]

carbuncle

/car·bun·cle/ (kahr´bung-k'l) a necrotizing infection of skin and subcutaneous tissues composed of a cluster of furuncles, usually due to Staphylococcus aureus, with multiple drainage sinuses.carbunc´ular
malignant carbuncle  anthrax.

carbuncle

(kär′bŭng′kəl)
n.
A painful localized bacterial infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue that usually has several openings through which pus is discharged.

car′bun′cled adj.
car·bun′cu·lar (-kyə-lər) adj.

carbuncle

[kär′bungkəl]
Etymology: L, carbunculus, little coal
a large site of staphylococcal infection containing purulent matter in deep, interconnecting subcutaneous pockets. Pus eventually discharges to the skin surface through openings. Common sites for carbuncles are the back of the neck and the buttocks. Treatment may include the use of antibiotics, hot compresses, and surgical drainage. Compare furuncle.
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Carbuncle

carbuncle

A focal folliculitis, which is most common in the neck and back and often caused by infection of Staphylococcus aureus, which spreads by direct contact.

Management
Hot compresses, drainage, antibiotics.

carbuncle

Dermatology A deep skin infection, often by staphylococci, involving several interconnected hair follicles Clinical A red nodular pus pocket, fever, malaise Management Hot wet compresses, drainage, antibiotics Prognosis Worse with immune compromise or underlying illness–eg AIDS, cancer, DM, pernicious anemia, dermatitis

car·bun·cle

(kahr'bŭng-kĕl)
Deep-seated pyogenic infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, usually arising in several contiguous hair follicles, with formation of connecting sinuses.
[L. carbunculus, dim. of carbo, a live coal, a carbuncle]

carbuncle

A multiple-headed boil. A severe STAPHYLOCOCCAL INFECTION of several adjacent hair follicles which may be over 5 cm across.

Carbuncle

A large, deep skin abscess formed by a group or cluster of boils.
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carbuncle

a deep-seated pyogenic infection of skin and local soft tissues

car·bun·cle

(kahr'bŭng-kĕl)
Deep-seated pyogenic infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues.
[L. carbunculus, dim. of carbo, a live coal, a carbuncle]

carbuncle

a focus of infection in the skin consisting of multiple abscesses and sinuses.
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They turned their heads, and there was the Cynic, with his prodigious spectacles set carefully on his nose, staring now at the lake, now at the rocks, now at the distant masses of vapor, now right at the Great Carbuncle itself, yet seemingly as unconscious of its light as if all the scattered clouds were condensed about his person.
With resolute bravado, however, he snatched them from his nose, and fixed a bold stare full upon the ruddy blaze of the Great Carbuncle.
As the funeral torches gleamed within that dark receptacle, there was no need of the Great Carbuncle to show the vanity of earthly pomp.
Matthew and his bride spent many peaceful years, and were fond of telling the legend of the Great Carbuncle.
And be it owned that, many a mile from the Crystal Hills, I saw a wondrous light around their summits, and was lured, by the faith of poesy, to be the latest pilgrim of the GREAT CARBUNCLE.
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I simply cannot believe that these two carbuncles as HRH the Prince of Wales would put it were allowed to pass unscathed through the official planning permission stages.
Carbuncles are usually caused by an infection with the bacterium staphylococcus aureus.
Normally you'd expect Charles, arch lancer of architectural carbuncles, to oppose the building of a supermarket on rural land.
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Planners have made hasty decisions and given the go-ahead for ugly boxes no better than some of the carbuncles of the 60s.