Flegmon

Flegmon --> phlegmon

1. (Science: dermatology) a spreading, diffuse inflammatory reaction to infection with microaerophilic streptococci, which forms a suppurative or gangrenous and undermining lesion that may extend into deep subcutaneous tissues and muscles, creating multiple small pockets of pus.

Synonym: phlegmonous cellulitis.

Compare: cellulitis, erysipelas.

2. (Science: surgery) a solid, swollen, inflamed mass of pancreatic tissue occurring as a complication of acute pancreatitis, which may subside spontaneously or become secondarily infected and develop into an abscess.

Origin: gr. Phlegmon

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