the second stage of hepatization in pneumonia, when the exudate is beginning to degenerate prior to breaking down; the color is a yellowish gray or mottled.
gray hepatizationA phase of lobar pneumonia, typically occurring at the 1st wk of infection, at which time the lobe is covered with fibrin; the cut surface is gray, dry, and granular, the alveoli are filled with fibrinous exudate composed of degenerating PMNs and inflammation is interconnected through the pores of Kohn. Cf Gray infiltration, Red hepatization.
gray he·pa·ti·za·tion(grā hep'ă-tī-zā'shŭn)
The second stage of hepatization in pneumonia, when the exudate is beginning to degenerate before breaking down; the color is yellowish gray or mottled.