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 [bu´bo] (pl. bu´boes)
a tender, enlarged, and inflamed lymph node, particularly in the axilla or groin, resulting from absorption of infective material and occurring in various diseases, such as lymphogranuloma venereum, plague, syphilis, gonorrhea, chancroid, and tuberculosis.


(boo'bo) plural.buboes [Gr. boubon, groin, swollen gland]
An inflamed, swollen, or enlarged lymph node often exhibiting suppuration, occurring commonly after infective disease due to absorption of infective material. The nodes most commonly affected are those of the groin and axilla.

axillary bubo

A bubo in the armpit.

indolent bubo

A bubo in which suppuration does not occur.

inguinal bubo

A bubo in the region of the groin.
Synonym: buboadenitis

venereal bubo

A bubo resulting from a venereal disease.
See: lymphogranuloma venereum


Smooth, oval, reddened, and very painful swellings in the armpits, groin, or neck that occur as a result of infection with the plague.
Mentioned in: Plague
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The swellings-called buboes (BYOO-bohs)-- grew hard, oozed blood and pus, and eventually burst.
The classic form involves infection of the inguinal lymphatics and lymph nodes, resulting in buboes that can make walking difficult.
The word "emerods" here may denote buboes, and the word "mice" may be translated as rats, both supporting the retrospective diagnosis of bubonic plague.
One week later and my buboes have all but disappeared, although I'm none the wiser as to why they arrived in the first place.
Only about a sixth of the contemporary sources studied by Cohn mention skin disorders ("spots" or boils), but large buboes, generally in the groin area where fleas bite, are the typical sign of modern plague.
Diagnosis is confirmed by culture and identification of the causative organism from fluid aspirated from buboes, blood, CSF, sputum or throat swab.