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dis·charge (DC),

1. That which is emitted or evacuated, as an excretion or a secretion.
2. The activation or firing of a neuron.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


1. To emit a substance, as by excretion or secretion.
2. To release a patient from custody or care.
3. To generate an electrical impulse. Used of a neuron.
n. (dĭs′chärj′, dĭs-chärj′)
1. The act of releasing, emitting, or secreting.
2. A substance that is excreted or secreted.
3. The generation of an electrical impulse by a neuron.
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noun Any material released in effluents, generally of human origin; often organic or toxic waste.
verb A generic term for the release of materials (e.g., radioactive, biohazardous waste) and sundry anthropogenic detritus in effluents to the air, water, or sanitary facilities.
Managed care
verb To formally terminate a person’s care in and release them from a hospital or healthcare facility.

noun A secretion or material eliminated from a wound or orifice.
verb To release a secretion or material from a wound or orifice.

noun A term defined in the UK for the formal end of an episode of care.
Types of discharge
Day-case discharge, day-patient discharge, inpatient discharge, outpatient discharge.

(1) To formally end an episode of care.
(2) To formally end surveillance of a patient who was previously diagnosed with and treated for a condition, and who no longer requires surveillance.

See Menstrual discharge.
A stoma’s output.
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Managed care verb (pron. dis charj´) To formally terminate a person's care in, and releasing from, a hospital or health care facility. See Complex repetitive discharge. Cf Admit Medtalk. noun (pron. dis´ charj) A secretion or material eliminated from a wound or orifice. See Autogenic discharge, Nipple discharge, Prune juice discharge, Vaginal discharge verb To release a secretion or material from a wound or orifice.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


(DC) (dis'chahrj)
1. That which is emitted or evacuated, as an excretion or a secretion.
2. The activation or firing of a neuron.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


An abnormal outflow of body fluid, most commonly of pus mixed with normal secretions, or of normal secretions in abnormal amount. Discharge may occur from any body orifice or from a wound.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


That which is emitted or evacuated, as an excretion or a secretion.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about discharge

Q. is there cause for alarm if i have a white thick discharge?

A. Hello, ruffdee, if the discharge is white, and NOT causing any itchy feeling, burn sensation, and not smelly, it probably still is in normal range.
But once you feel itchy, burning, its color turns yellowish or greenish, and it has bad smell, it might be a sign for an infection, and it is recommended then you to find a doctor to get the specific therapy to cure the infection.
"Stay healthy always.."

Q. if you've had rough sex can bleeding accur a day or two later and have a smelly discharge?

A. it is very possible to happen like that. a rough sex will most likely cause trauma in the mucosa (either it is vaginal mucosa or anal mucosa), and the bleeding can happen even after a day or two.
if you're experiencing smelly discharge, be aware of the possibility of genital infection, that's why I'll recommend you to go to a doctor to get checked, and then get the specific therapy for that.

if it is happened that you're getting genital infection, you would probably inform your sex-partner and encourage your partner to seek the same medical advice.

Stay healthy always...

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Caption: Figure 14: 39 months' recall check-up showing a complete disappearance of the purulent discharge with a buccal bone loss and gingival recession regarding number 13.
Purulent discharge was the most affected clinical sign with the other clinical signs recovering only a small extent.
The sinusitis sufferer will often have a fluid to thick, slimy, offensive-smelling and acrid yellow-green or green purulent discharge that may be bloody and may drip down the back of the throat.
The signs and symptoms in children include itching, burning, mucopurulent or purulent discharge, palpebral edema or conjunctival erythema (Picture 1) (5,26).
Recurrent pain, swelling and discharge from the pre-auricular sinus were the common symptoms, while an abscess located in front of the ear with purulent discharge was the main sign elicited.
A 5-month-old female presented with purulent discharge on the neck, red swelling on the face, and occasional attacks of dyspnea that began at age 1 month.
And between groups, treatment group had significantly less inflammatory reaction and infectious process (figure 1 and 3) and negative control group had maximum inflammation and purulent discharge. Corneal opacity of non-ulcerated area (figure 2) and ulcerated area (figure 6) are of important factors denoting better corneal wound healing and goes parallel with sooner vision retainment.
A 55 year male was admitted to our institution with complaints of pain and swelling in perineal region for 6 days and purulent discharge from the swelling for 2 days.
Physical examination may reveal an anterior wall vaginal mass which may be painful and with compression of this mass, a purulent discharge can be seen coming out of the urethra.
At follow-up, the researcher asked the woman her experience of early discharge, and about evidence of wound dehiscence or purulent discharge, bleeding from the wound, pain associated with the wound, and readmission of the woman or her infant.
With descriptions in the medical literature dating to the 1950s, the signs and symptoms of desquamative inflammatory vaginitis (DIV) include dyspareunia and exudative, chronic vaginitis, with yellow-watery, purulent discharge that is occasionally blood-tinged, said Dr.