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A localized collection of pus in part of the body, formed by tissue disintegration and surrounded by an inflamed area.
intr.v. ab·scessed, ab·scess·ing, ab·scess·es
To form an abscess.

[Latin abscessus, separation, abscess, from past participle of abscēdere, to go away, slough, form an abscess (possibly translation of Greek apostēma, distance, abscess, from aphistasthai, to withdraw, slough, form an abscess) : ab-, away; see ab-1 + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.]
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Adj.1.abscessed - infected and filled with pusabscessed - infected and filled with pus; "an abscessed tooth"
infected, septic - containing or resulting from disease-causing organisms; "a septic sore throat"; "a septic environment"; "septic sewage"
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A former inmate brought a state court action against a city and city officials under [section 1983 and state law to recover for injuries he allegedly Sustained as a result of the city's failure to timely and adequately treat his abscessed tooth while he was incarcerated.