- full of, containing, forming, or discharging pus; suppurating: a purulent sore.
- attended with suppuration: purulent appendicitis.
- of the nature of or like pus: purulent matter.
- of, relating to, or containing pus
adj.early 15c., from Middle French purulent and directly from Latin purulentus “full of pus,” from pus (genitive puris) “pus” (see pus). Related: Purulence. adj.
- Containing, discharging, or causing the production of pus.