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definitions - festering

festering (n.)

1.a fluid product of inflammation

2.(medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus

fester (n.)

1.a sore that has become inflamed and formed pus

fester (v. intr.)

1.ripen and generate pus"her wounds are festering"

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FesterFes"ter (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Festered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Festering.] [OE. festern, fr. fester, n.; or fr. OF. festrir, fr. festre, n. See Fester, n.]
1. To generate pus; to become imflamed and suppurate; as, a sore or a wound festers.

Wounds immedicable
Rankle, and fester, and gangrene.
Milton.

Unkindness may give a wound that shall bleed and smart, but it is treachery that makes it fester. South.

Hatred . . . festered in the hearts of the children of the soil. Macaulay.

2. To be inflamed; to grow virulent, or malignant; to grow in intensity; to rankle.

FesterFes`ter, v. t. To cause to fester or rankle.

For which I burnt in inward, swelt'ring hate,
And festered ranking malice in my breast.
Marston.

FesterFes"ter, n. [OF. festre, L. fistula a sort of ulcer. Cf. Fistula.]
1. A small sore which becomes inflamed and discharges corrupt matter; a pustule.

2. A festering or rankling.

The fester of the chain their necks. I. Taylor.

synonyms - festering

fester (n.)

suppurating sore

fester (v. intr.)

discharge pus, maturate, suppurate  (medicine)

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