Pronunciation: (fes'tur), [key]
1. to form pus; generate purulent matter; suppurate.
2. to cause ulceration, as a foreign body in the flesh.
3. to putrefy or rot.
4. to rankle, as a feeling of resentment.
to cause to rankle: Malice festered his spirit.
1. an ulcer; a rankling sore.
2. a small, purulent, superficial sore.
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