Talk:abscess

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Verb sense. Moglex 21:01, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

Can I withdraw this?

I now realise that the verb is quite correct in the intransitive sense but unfortunately that usage is swamped by the noun usage and I thus cannot find the required references via Google books. Moglex 11:56, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

Yes, it definitely exists, though strangely, OED2+ doesn't have it. As you say, the infinitive is hard to find since even to abscess is swamped by phrases such as predispose to abscess formation, but there are a few (continuing to abscess finds one). There are thousands of hits for abscessed as an adjective, swamping verb use, and more use of abscessing as a noun than a verb. But I don't think they're too difficult to find. --Enginear 21:54, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

RFV deferred by withdrawal of nomination. DAVilla 16:14, 3 January 2007 (UTC)