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Pathol inflammation and swelling of a lymph node, often with the formation of pus, esp in the region of the armpit or groin



a genus of birds of the order Strigiformes. The body length varies from 36 to 75 cm. The facial disk is not well defined. The digits are feathered. There are hornlike tufts of feather on the sides of the head.

The genus comprises 12 species, which are found in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. The USSR has one species, the eagle owl (B. bubo), which is distributed from the polar circle to the southern borders. The plumage varies from very light to reddish brown and often has markings; the back is darker.

Bubo are either crepuscular or nocturnal. Some species are sedentary, and some, migratory. Bubo inhabit forests, steppes, deserts, and mountains. Nests are built on the ground beneath trees, in washed-out hollows of ravines, or in rock crevices. A clutch contains two or three, rarely four, eggs, which are incubated by the female for 35 days. The young fly well 100 days after hatching. Bubo feed on mammals—from mice to hares and young roe deer—birds, frogs, and large insects. Although bubo benefit man by destroying rodents, they sometimes prove harmful to the hunting industry.


An inflammatory enlargement of lymph nodes, usually of the groin or axilla; commonly associated with chancroid, lymphogranuloma venereum, and plague.
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Some symptoms, such as the presence of buboes in chancreid infection or venereal lymphogranuloma, might require another type of management in addition to pharmacological management in order to prevent the complications arising from lymphadenopathy (94, 95).
Septicemic plague without buboes, found in the blood;
pestis quickly spread to lymph nodes (usually in the groin, axilla, or neck) and become hot, hemorrhagic, swollen, and tender (black buboes for which the disease is named).
Bubonic plague, the form transmitted by fleas, is so named due to the large oval buboes formed at the lymph node near the flea bite (such as in the groin or the armpit).
One week later and my buboes have all but disappeared, although I'm none the wiser as to why they arrived in the first place.
Only about a sixth of the contemporary sources studied by Cohn mention skin disorders ("spots" or boils), but large buboes, generally in the groin area where fleas bite, are the typical sign of modern plague.
Victims knew they had contracted the disease as buboes, or grossly swollen lymph nodes, clearly manifest themselves in most cases.
A diagnosis of bubonic plague is supported by the appalling mortality rate and the disease's ability to sustain its virulence through the winter, but the lack of the necessary population density or any mention of the characteristic buboes weaken this case significantly.
The bacteria enter the lymph nodes in the neck and groin, causing swelling known as buboes, fever, exhaustion, headache, chilis, vomiting and diarrhoea.
The bubonic bacillus, Yersinia pestis, carried by flea vectors on rats and other fur-bearing rodent-like animals, upon infecting humans makes its way into the lymphatic system, causing the lymph nodes to bulge and form dark pustular buboes (hence our colloquial term boo-boo, used to describe childhood injuries).
Years later, he would recall "the charnel-house atmosphere of draining buboes, gonorrhea, prostate massages, daily short-arm inspections, locomotor ataxia, and the howls of poor sinners in the clutch of terminal paresis.
10) That it was indeed bubonic plague whose course we can thus trace, rather than one of the other epidemic diseases current in this period, is proved by the three writers, Procopius, Gregory of Tours and Paul the Deacon, who describe the characteristic plague buboes, the large hard swellings of the groin and other lymphatic glands, which marked out its victims.