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[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.
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(Pathology) pathol the technical name for boil2
[C17: from Latin fūrunculus pilferer, petty thief, sore on the body, from fūr thief]
furuncular, fuˈrunculous adj
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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]
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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
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n. furúnculo; pop. grano enterrado.
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n forúnculo, infección f de un folículo piloso
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Skin and soft tissue infections ranged from furuncle, carbuncle, boil, impetigo, erysipelas, cellulitis, and abscesses to surgical site infections etc.
Occasionally, folliculitis may progress into a furuncle, carbuncle, or abscess.
In 2010 and 2011, the plaintiff's decedent had multiple office visits with her PCP, who referred to the mass as a furuncle and wrote that the atypical mass was of unclear etiology but appeared mildly infected and could be a malignancy.
Among fungal infections, candidal infection was most commonly reported (10.3%) followed by dermatophytic infection (9%) and pityriasis versicolor (4.7%), while among bacterial infections, folliculitis (3.7%) and furuncle (2.7%) were mainly reported.
Any type of bacteria or fungi can cause a furuncle. The most common bacterium is staphylococcus aureus, hence furuncles are also called staph infections.
The surgical method involves a cross-shaped incision, if necessary, under local anesthesia, or squeezing the skin around the furuncle either digitally or using wooden spatulas.
The expansive differential diagnosis such as epidermal cysts, furuncle, carbuncle, branchial cleft fistula, pyogenic granuloma, salivary gland fistula, actinomycosis, thyroglossal tract fistula, basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, osteomyelitis, and foreign body reaction further compound the diagnostic dilemma [5].
His physical exam was significant for mild rales in the left lung base; circular, scaly, plaque-like rash on the right lower extremity inferior to the patella; and a 0.5 cm furuncle with surrounding erythema on the right medial mid-shin.
From furuncle to axillary web syndrome: shedding light on histopathology and pathogenesis.
Many patients can also show similar conditions in specific clinical anomalies such as epidermal cyst, furuncle, carbuncle, foreign body reaction, osteomyelitis, bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis, pyogenic granuloma, salivary gland fistula, thyroglossal tract fistula, branchial cleft fistula, actinomycosis, basal cell, and squamous cell carcinoma [1-4].
In addition, skin problems were also noted, including broken skin, skin yellowing, hematocyanosis, rash, hyperpigmentation, ochrodermia, edema, dehydration, furuncle, petechia, bruise or blood spot, scar, and pale skin.