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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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.
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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.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

carbuncle

A multiple-headed boil. A severe STAPHYLOCOCCAL INFECTION of several adjacent hair follicles which may be over 5 cm across.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Carbuncle

A large, deep skin abscess formed by a group or cluster of boils.
Mentioned in: Boils
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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And upward, accordingly, went the pilgrims of the Great Carbuncle, now treading upon the tops and thickly-interwoven branches of dwarf pines, which, by the growth of centuries, though mossy with age, had barely reached three feet in altitude.
Let us go back, love, and dream no more of the Great Carbuncle!"
For the simple pair had reached that lake of mystery, and found the longsought shrine of the Great Carbuncle!
At the base of the cliff, directly beneath the Great Carbuncle, appeared the figure of a man, with his arms extended in the act of climbing, and his face turned upward, as if to drink the full gush of splendor.
"Or, perhaps, the very light of the Great Carbuncle was death!"
"The Great Carbuncle," cried a peevish voice behind them.
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. But scarcely had he encountered it, when, with a deep, shuddering groan, he dropped his head, and pressed both hands across his miserable eyes.
"No," said his bride, "for how could we live by day, or sleep by night, in this awful blaze of the Great Carbuncle!"
As touching the other pilgrims of the Great Carbuncle, the legend goes on to tell, that the worshipful Master Ichabod Pigsnort soon gave up the quest as a desperate speculation, and wisely resolved to betake himself again to his warehouse, near the town dock, in Boston.
Matthew and his bride spent many peaceful years, and were fond of telling the legend of the Great Carbuncle. The tale, however, towards the close of their lengthened lives, did not meet with the full credence that had been accorded to it by those who remembered the ancient lustre of the gem.
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.