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ulcer

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noun ul·cer \ˈəl-sər\

Simple Definition of ulcer

  • medical : a painful, sore area inside or outside the body

Full Definition of ulcer

  1. 1 :  a break in skin or mucous membrane with loss of surface tissue, disintegration and necrosis of epithelial tissue, and often pus

  2. 2 :  something that festers and corrupts like an open sore

ulcer verb

Origin of ulcer

Middle English, from Latin ulcer-, ulcus; akin to Greek helkos wound


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with ulcer



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