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discharge

1. the act of removing a load, as of cargo
2. Law
a. a release, as of a person held under legal restraint
b. an annulment, as of a court order
3. Physics
a. the act or process of removing or losing charge or of equalizing a potential difference
b. a transient or continuous conduction of electricity through a gas by the formation and movement of electrons and ions in an applied electric field
4. 
a. the volume of fluid flowing along a pipe or a channel in unit time
b. the output rate of a plant or piece of machinery, such as a pump

discharge

[′dis‚chärj]
(electricity)
To remove a charge from a battery, capacitor, or other electric-energy storage device.
(electronics)
The passage of electricity through a gas, usually accompanied by a glow, arc, spark, or corona. Also known as electric discharge.
(fluid mechanics)
The flow rate of a fluid at a given instant expressed as volume per unit of time.
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Resection of the fistula tract and fibrin glue injection were not considered in our case because of purulent discharge from the kidney and dysfunction of the kidney over time, and, thus, nephrectomy was planned.
The presence of clinical features such as acute onset swelling, orbital protrusion, ophthalmoplegia, and nasal purulent discharge is suggestive of the diagnosis of orbital abscess.
(ii) Decrease but without disappearance of the purulent discharge
During surgery, the findings of grayish necrotic fascia, decrease in resistance to blunt dissection, absence of bleeding of the fascia, and presence of foul-smelling purulent discharge are diagnostic [10].
There were fluctuance and profound tenderness to palpation along the incision site (Figure 1(a)), and a new thick purulent discharge was expressible from the wound.
Thereafter, thoracic drainage was continued because of the prolonged purulent discharge [a laboratory culture of the pleural effusion was negative for M.
There was malodorous, thick, purulent discharge from his preputial ring and we could not retract the foreskin (Figure 1).
On the second day of postoperation, a purulent discharge from the lower aspect of the laparotomy wound was noted, and there was darkening of the feet and duskiness of the distal one-third of both legs.
Otoscopic evaluation showed swelling of the external ear and a foul-smelling purulent discharge in the left ear.
Clinical examination revealed foul smelling purulent discharge from base of horn along with maggot infestation.
Environmental allergens, infectious agents (bacteria, fungi and viruses) and air pollutants cause chronic inflammation and edema of local mucosa leading to ostial obstruction, retention of debris, purulent discharge and polypoidal changes in mucosa.
The commonest symptom is a watery or purulent discharge or recurrent episodes of pain6.