impostume

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French empostume, alteration of apostume (apostume, large abscess), from Latin apostema, from Ancient Greek ἀπόστεμα (apóstema, separation of pus into an abscess).

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Noun[edit]

impostume (plural impostumes)

  1. (obsolete) An abscess.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.220:
      Jason Phereus [was] utterly forsaken of all Physitians, by reason of an impostume he had in his breast [].