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Definition a symptom consisting of a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue
  • It was like the bursting of an abscess.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • I still have the sin in me, the abscess, and I hope it doesn't kill me entirely before I see the American priest.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • This could still be a localized tumor with abscess tipping him over and increased mass size.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • At SIS-C slaughterhouses, visibly diseased animals cattle infected with measles and tapeworms, covered with abscesses were being slaughtered.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • I kept holding my ear like it was an abscessed tooth.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • His ill humor, I figured, was perhaps due to the abscessed tooth that had been causing him pain for the previous two weeks.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The patient had a perforated appendix with an abscess.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • One of our boys—gorging his-self with vittles, and then turning in; that's their way—got a abscess on him last week.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • "All I got is four abscess teeth," she remarked.
    Flannery O'Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • The wound on his back became a hot abscess.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • When an abscess was finally lanced, she thought,one had to carefully, thoroughly, slowly, squeeze out all the poison.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • If the poor fish would have his teeth X-rayed, I'll bet nine and a half cents he'd find an abscess there.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The abscess left when she disappeared was still in his head—like an empty pool.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • They were staying with the Vaughans at Upton; he stretched to pick a fig for my mother; an abscess burst; and he died in a few hours.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • The new strains were virulent, and produced bizarre deaths, often by brain abscess.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • During the dog-days he had suffered from an abscess, which Charles had cured as if by miracle by giving a timely little touch with the lancet.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • It was as though an abscess that had been forming for a month past in his heart had suddenly broken.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Rieux tried a fixation abscess.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • But before she could thank him for the visit, he placed his hat over his heart, tremulous and dignified, and the abscess that had sustained his life finally burst.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • "Abscess," he said.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted

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