A'bscess. [abscessus, Lat.] A morbid cavity in the body; a tumour filled with matter; a term of chirurgery.
If the patient is not relieved, nor dies in eight days, the inflammation ends in a suppuration and an abscess in the lungs, and sometimes in some other part of the body. Arbuth. of Diet.
Lindanus conjectured it might be some hidden abscess in the mesentery, which, breaking some few days after, was discovered to be an apostem of the mesentery. Harvey on Consumptions.