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See boil2.

[Latin fūrunculus, knob on a vine that "steals" the sap, diminutive of fūr, thief (modeled on latrunculus, robber, diminutive of latrō, latrōn-, bandit); see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

fu·run′cu·lar (fyo͝o-rŭng′kyə-lər), fu·run′cu·lous (-ləs) adj.


(Pathology) pathol the technical name for boil2
[C17: from Latin fūrunculus pilferer, petty thief, sore on the body, from fūr thief]
furuncular, fuˈrunculous adj


1. to change from a liquid to a gaseous state, typically as a result of heat, producing bubbles of gas that rise to the surface of the liquid.
2. to reach the boiling point.
3. to be in an agitated or violent state: The sea boiled in the storm.
4. to be deeply angry or upset.
5. to contain, or be contained in, a liquid that boils: The kettle is boiling. Don't let the vegetables boil.
6. to bring to the boiling point.
7. to cook (something) in boiling water: to boil eggs.
8. to separate (salt, sugar, etc.) from a solution containing it by boiling off the liquid.
9. boil down,
a. to reduce or lessen by boiling.
b. to shorten; abridge.
10. boil down to, to be reduced to; amount to: It boils down to a question of ethics.
11. boil over,
a. to overflow while or as if while boiling; erupt.
b. to be unable to repress anger, excitement, etc.
12. the act or state of boiling: Bring the water to a boil.
13. an area of agitated, swirling water.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French boillir < Latin bullīre to effervesce, boil, v. derivative of bulla bubble]
syn: boil, seethe, simmer, stew are used figuratively to refer to agitated states of emotion. To boil suggests being very hot with anger or rage: He was boiling when the guests arrived late. To seethe is to be deeply stirred, violently agitated, or greatly excited: a mind seething with conflicting ideas. To simmer means to be at the point of bursting out or boiling over: to simmer with curiosity; to simmer with anger. To stew is an informal term that means to worry, or to be in a restless state of anxiety and excitement: to stew over one's troubles.



a painful circumscribed inflammation of the skin with a pus-filled inner core.
[before 1000; Middle English bile, bule, Old English bȳle; c. Old Saxon bula, Old High German bulla; akin to Old Norse beyla hump]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.furuncle - a painful sore with a hard core filled with pus
gumboil - a boil or abscess on the gums
staphylococcal infection - an infection with staphylococcus bacteria; usually marked by abscess formation


n. furúnculo; pop. grano enterrado.


n forúnculo, infección f de un folículo piloso
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Without therapeutic intervention, the disease typically progresses to form more fluctuant and more painful, subcutaneous nodules that resemble large furuncles.
16 Cellulitis and Erysipelas 17 Folliculitis 17 Impetigo and Ecthyma 17 Abscesses 17 Carbuncles and Furuncles 17 GYNECOLOGICAL INFECTIONS 17 TABLE 7 PREVALENCE OF BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS INFECTIONS CAUSED BY STREPTOCOCCUS, 2010 (NO.
Often patients seek care from general physicians and surgeons with other diagnoses being made such as furuncles, basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas.
An ointment made of bitter almonds is applied to furuncles.
Boils or furuncles should be treated by drainage, infection control, and wound care, with antimicrobial drugs reserved for complications.
Warts and furuncles were treated with sundew [huulhein 'lip's hey'] and celandine [vereurmarohi from vere blood's + urma of bleeding wound + rohi grass, herb].
In late November 2007, a 36-year-old Italian woman was seen at Pordenone Hospital (northeastern Italy) for spider-bite-like skin lesions on the face, characterized by rapid evolution to furuncles and small abscesses.
Ground drug is put on skin to soften furuncles, and the herb has been used for bathing of tired legs (Lavrenov and Lavrenova, 2003).
Another contagious infection is furunculosis, an infection characterized by the presence of furuncles or deep sores of the skin, which are also called boils.
The differential diagnosis includes other midline cysts, odontogenic cysts, abscesses from anterior maxillary teeth, and furuncles or neoplasms of the nasal vestibule.
A broad panel of microbial pathogens associated with various skin infections has been included in the screening: the Gram-positive Staphylococcae and Streptococcae are causing wound infections, furuncles, carbuncles, abscesses, impetigo and erysipelas (Kohler et al.
The percentage of patients treated for uncomplicated abscesses was 30%; furuncles, 8%; cellulitis, 16%; impetigo, 20%; and other skin infections, 26%.