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Pus vs. Slough

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Pusnoun

A whitish-yellow or yellow substance composed primarily of dead white blood cells and dead pyogenic bacteria; normally found in regions of bacterial infection.

Sloughnoun

The skin shed by a snake or other reptile.

‘That is the slough of a rattler; we must be careful.’;

Pusverb

(rare) To emit pus.

Sloughnoun

Dead skin on a sore or ulcer.

‘This is the slough that came off of his skin after the burn.’;

Pusnoun

The yellowish white opaque creamy matter produced by the process of suppuration. It consists of innumerable white nucleated cells floating in a clear liquid.

Sloughnoun

(British) A muddy or marshy area.

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Pusnoun

the tenth month of the Hindu calendar

Sloughnoun

(Eastern United States) A type of swamp or shallow lake system, typically formed as or by the backwater of a larger waterway, similar to a bayou with trees.

‘We paddled under a canopy of trees through the slough.’;

Pusnoun

a fluid product of inflammation

Sloughnoun

(Western United States) A secondary channel of a river delta, usually flushed by the tide.

‘The Sacramento River Delta contains dozens of sloughs that are often used for water-skiing and fishing.’;

Pus

Pus is an exudate, typically white-yellow, yellow, or yellow-brown, formed at the site of inflammation during bacterial or fungal infection. An accumulation of pus in an enclosed tissue space is known as an abscess, whereas a visible collection of pus within or beneath the epidermis is known as a pustule, pimple or spot.

Sloughnoun

A state of depression.

‘John is in a slough.’;

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Sloughnoun

(Canadian Prairies) A small pond, often alkaline, many but not all formed by glacial potholes.

‘Potholes or sloughs formed by a glacier’s retreat from the central plains of North America, are now known to be some of the world’s most productive ecosystems.’;

Sloughverb

(transitive) To shed (skin).

‘This skin is being sloughed.’; ‘Snakes slough their skin periodically.’;

Sloughverb

(intransitive) To slide off (like a layer of skin).

‘A week after he was burned, a layer of skin on his arm sloughed off.’;

Sloughverb

To discard.

‘East sloughed a heart.’;

Sloughverb

To commit truancy, be absent from school without permission.

‘"Dude, Kaydn and Jarom are totally sloughing today!"’;

Sloughadjective

Slow.

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Sloughnoun

A place of deep mud or mire; a hole full of mire.

‘He's here stuck in a slough.’;

Sloughnoun

A wet place; a swale; a side channel or inlet from a river.

Sloughnoun

The skin, commonly the cast-off skin, of a serpent or of some similar animal.

Sloughnoun

The dead mass separating from a foul sore; the dead part which separates from the living tissue in mortification.

Slough

imp. of Slee, to slay. Slew.

Sloughverb

To form a slough; to separate in the form of dead matter from the living tissues; - often used with off, or away; as, a sloughing ulcer; the dead tissues slough off slowly.

Sloughverb

To cast off; to discard as refuse.

‘New tint the plumage of the birds,And slough decay from grazing herds.’;

Sloughnoun

necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass

Sloughnoun

a hollow filled with mud

Sloughnoun

a stagnant swamp (especially as part of a bayou)

Sloughnoun

any outer covering that can be shed or cast off (such as the cast-off skin of a snake)

Sloughverb

cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers;

‘out dog sheds every Spring’;

Sloughnoun

a town in south-eastern England to the west of London; population 119,400 (est. 2009).

Sloughverb

shed or remove (a layer of dead skin)

‘a snake sloughs off its old skin’; ‘exfoliate once a week to slough off any dry skin’;

Sloughverb

get rid of (something undesirable or no longer required)

‘he is concerned to slough off the country's bad environmental image’;

Sloughverb

(of dead skin) drop off; be shed

‘it is a rare skin disease in which the skin sloughs off’;

Sloughverb

(of soil or rock) collapse or slide into a hole or depression

‘an eternal rain of silt sloughs down from the edges of the continents’;

Slough

Slough () is a large town in Berkshire, England (within the historic county of Buckinghamshire), 20 miles (32 km) west of central London (Charing Cross) and 19 miles (31 km) north-east of Reading. It is in the Thames Valley and within the London metropolitan area at the intersection of the M4, M40 and M25 motorways.

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