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canker

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noun can·ker \ˈkaŋ-kər\

Simple Definition of canker

  • : something that causes bad things to happen

  • : any of various plant diseases

Full Definition of canker

  1. 1 a (1) :  an erosive or spreading sore (2) :  an area of necrosis in a plant; also :  a plant disease characterized by cankers b :  any of various disorders of animals marked by chronic inflammatory changes

  2. 2 archaic :  a caterpillar destructive to plants

  3. 3 chiefly dialect :  rust 1

  4. 4 :  a source of corruption or debasement

  5. 5 chiefly dialect :  dog rose

can·ker·ous play \ˈkaŋ-k(ə-)rəs\ adjective

Origin of canker

Middle English, from Anglo-French cancre, chancre, from Latin cancer crab, cancer


First Known Use: before 12th century


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canker

verb can·ker

Definition of canker

can·keredcan·ker·ing play \ˈkaŋ-k(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to infect with a spreading sore

  3. 2 :  to corrupt the spirit of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become infested with canker

  6. 2 :  to become corrupted



Examples of canker

  1. <such shameless ambulance chasing cankers the legal profession>



14th Century

First Known Use of canker

14th century


Medical Dictionary

canker

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noun can·ker \ˈkaŋ-kər\

Medical Definition of canker

  1. 1a:  an erosive or spreading soreobsolete :  gangreneb:  canker sore

  2. 2a:  a chronic inflammation of the ear in dogs, cats, or rabbits; especially :  a localized form of mangeb:  a chronic and progressive inflammation of the deep horn-producing tissues of the frog and sole of the hooves of horses resulting in softening and destruction of the horny layers





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