(redirected from buboes)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.


Pathol inflammation and swelling of a lymph node, often with the formation of pus, esp in the region of the armpit or groin
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


An inflammatory enlargement of lymph nodes, usually of the groin or axilla; commonly associated with chancroid, lymphogranuloma venereum, and plague.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Caption: Figure 8: Two inguinal buboes of a man with bubonic plague (photo: A.
It is characterized by genital papules or ulcers, followed by bilateral, suppurative, inguinal adenitis known as buboes. The buboes may breakdown, form multiple fistulous openings, and discharge purulent material.
Both patients had high fever and multiple bilateral inguinal buboes; one patient had hypotension, tachycardia, and acute renal failure and was hospitalized.
In July 2008, three patients came to Laghouat University Hospital with signs of severe infection and painful, inflamed, enlarged lymph nodes suggestive of buboes. One additional patient became ill with pneumonia and coma after a bubo appeared.
Plague bacteria can break out of the buboes and be carried by the blood stream to the lungs and cause a variant of plague that is spread by contaminated droplets from the cough of patients (pneumonic plague).
People called the disease by many names, including "the Great Mortality," "the Pestilence," and "Black Death." Later, it officially became known as the bubonic plague, after the buboes, or lumps that erupted on victims' skin.
Although some of the depositions mention buboes, the lymph node swellings characteristic of (but not unique to) bubonic plague, the most common "signs of the plague" were lenticulae (freckles) or pestilentialis punturae (pestilential points) - in other words, darkish points or pustules covering large areas of the body.
These 4 patients with pharyngitis did not have buboes or lymphadenitis at any other site.
Most buboes were inguinal, but children had a higher frequency of cervical or axillary buboes.
In particular, bubonic plague is characterized by painful swelling of lymph nodes (buboes) in the inguinal, axillary, or cervical regions; pneumonic plague is characterized by cough and dyspnea; and septicemic plague may result in fulminant gram-negative shock without localized signs of infection (2,6).