Nothing more nor less than a "boil" with a fancy name. A boil is a collection of pus. Antibiotics are often not very helpful in treating abscesses. The main treatments include hot packs and draining ("lancing") the abscess, but only when it is soft and ready to drain. If you develop an abscess and. have fever, a long-term illness (such as cancer or diabetes) or are on medication that suppresses the immune system, you should contact your healthcare practitioner.
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A localized pyogenic infection, most frequently by Staphylococcus aureus, originating deep in a hair follicle. SYN: boil, furunculus. [L. furunculus, a petty thief]

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fu·run·cle 'fyu̇(ə)r-.əŋ-kəl n BOIL
fu·run·cu·lar fyu̇-'rəŋ-kyə-lər adj
fu·run·cu·lous -ləs adj

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fu·run·cle (fuґrung-kəl) [L. furunculus] a painful nodule formed in the skin by circumscribed inflammation of the dermis and subcutaneous tissue after staphylococci enter through the hair follicles; its formation may be favored by digestive disorders, local irritation, or more general systemic disorders including immunodeficiency. Called also boil. furuncular adj

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  • Furuncle — Fu run*cle, n. [L. furunculus a petty thief, a boil, dim. of fur thief: cf. F. furoncle.] (Med.) A superficial, inflammatory tumor, suppurating with a central core; a boil. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • furuncle — a boil, 1670s, from L. furunculus, a boil, lit. “little thief,” dim. of fur “thief.” Related: Furuncular; furunculous …   Etymology dictionary

  • furuncle — *abscess, boil, carbuncle, pimple, pustule …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • furuncle — [fyo͞o′ruŋ kəl, fyoor′uŋ΄kəl] n. [L furunculus, petty thief, boil, dim. of fur, thief: see FURTIVE] BOIL2 furuncular [fyoo ruŋ′kyo͞o lər] adj. furunculous [fyoo ruŋ′kyooləs] …   English World dictionary

  • furuncle — a small area of infection beneath the skin which develops into a raised abscess, forming a lump on the skin typically 10 30 mm across. It may drain externally. The furuncle may develop from the inflamed intestine in fish with furunculosis. Most… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • furuncle — noun Etymology: Latin furunculus petty thief, boil, diminutive of furon , furo ferret, thief, from fur Date: 1676 boil II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • furuncle — furuncular /fyoo rung kyeuh leuhr/, furunculous, adj. /fyoor ung keuhl/, n. Pathol. boil2. [1670 80; < L furunculus petty thief, boil, equiv. to fur thief (cf. FURTIVE) + unculus dim. suffix extracted from derivs. of n stems; see HOMUNCULUS] * *… …   Universalium

  • furuncle — noun a boil or infected, inflamed, pus filled sore …   Wiktionary

  • furuncle — Synonyms and related words: abscess, aposteme, bed sore, blain, bleb, blister, boil, bubo, bulla, bump, bunion, canker, canker sore, carbuncle, chancre, chancroid, chilblain, cold sore, corn, cyst, dilatation, dilation, distension, edema, eschar …   Moby Thesaurus

  • furuncle — fu·run·cle || fjÊŠrʌŋkl / fjÊŠÉ™r n. boil, inflamed sore …   English contemporary dictionary

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