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1canker

noun can·ker \ˈkaŋ-kər\

: something that causes bad things to happen

: any of various plant diseases

Full Definition of CANKER

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
archaic :  a caterpillar destructive to plants
3
chiefly dialect :  rust 1
4
:  a source of corruption or debasement
5
chiefly dialect :  dog rose
can·ker·ous \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

2canker

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

Definition of CANKER

transitive verb
1
obsolete :  to infect with a spreading sore
2
:  to corrupt the spirit of
intransitive verb
1
:  to become infested with canker
2
:  to become corrupted

Examples of CANKER

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

First Known Use of CANKER

14th century
Medical Dictionary

canker

noun can·ker \ˈkaŋ-kər\

Medical Definition of CANKER

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a (1) :  an erosive or spreading sore (2) obsolete :  gangrene b :  canker sore
2
a :  a chronic inflammation of the ear in dogs, cats, or rabbits; especially :  a localized form of mange b :  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
July 04, 2015
stringent Hear it
rigorous, strict, or severe
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