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2. the act of becoming converted into and discharging pus. adj., adj sup´purative.
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, purulency (pyūr'ŭ-lĕns, -lĕn-sē; pūr'ū-lens),
The condition of containing or forming pus.
[L. purulentia, a festering, fr. pus (pur-), pus]
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(pyo͝or′ə-ləns, pyo͝or′yə-)
1. The condition of containing or discharging pus.
2. Pus.
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, purulency (pyūr'ŭ-lĕns, -lĕn-sē)
The condition of containing or forming pus.
[L. purulentia, a festering, fr. pus (pur-), pus]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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Purulent pericarditis is defined as a localized infection of the pericardial space characterized by gross pus in the pericardium or microscopic purulence (>20 leukocytes per oil immersion field and/or growth of bacteria in the pericardial fluid culture) [1].
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Purulence of nasal discharge is now accepted by most as a natural part of a viral upper respiratory infection as the host immune system becomes activated, and neutrophils and lymphocytes migrate to the nasopharynx to clear the infection.
Intraoperatively, purulence was noted upon entering the hip joint.
Infection is defined by at least two classic findings of inflammation (redness, warmth, swelling/induration, and pain/tenderness) or purulence. Other signs of infection are friable or discolored granulation tissue, undermining of wound edges, and foul odor.
PJI was considered if one of the following criteria was present: (i) visible purulence of a preoperative aspirate or intraoperative periprosthetic tissue (as determined by the surgeon), (ii) presence of a sinus tract communicating with the prosthesis, (iii) acute inflammation in intraoperative permanent periprosthetic tissue sections by histopathology (as determined by the pathologist), (iv) increased synovial fluid leukocyte count with 1700 leukocytes and/or 65% granulocytes, or (v) microbial growth in intraoperative periprosthetic tissue or sonication fluid of the removed implant.
The rivers and purulence and tumors of shame all meet up, forming a sea of humiliation, incapacity, disappointment and madness.
The term "sequestrum" is applied to a segment of necrotic bone separated from the adjacent living bone by purulence and granulation tissue.
The woman reports that she is "very frustrated" that she is still dealing with this problem so long after the original procedure, On examination, you note a 2.5-cm diameter area of exposed mesh in the anterior vagina, with healthy surrounding tissue and without inflammation or purulence (FIGURE 1).
Patients recorded peak flow readings, major symptoms (dyspnea, sputum purulence, and sputum volume), and minor symptoms (nasal discharge/congestion, wheeze, sore throat, and cough).
An incision is made over the abscess with a #11 blade scalpel, and the purulence is allowed to drain.