canker sore


Definition of canker sore

: a painful shallow ulcer of the mouth that has a grayish-white base surrounded by a reddish inflamed area and is of uncertain cause but is not due to the virus causing herpes simplex — compare cold sore

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Recent Examples on the Web Keith Negley The day after her school closed its doors for social distancing, a canker sore developed in my daughter’s mouth. Danielle Braff, New York Times, "Silent Signs Your Child Is Stressed," 16 Apr. 2020 The headache, canker sore, and chest tightness were the most prevalent symptoms during this time period. Kara Ladd,, "I'm a Rare Cancer Survivor with Coronavirus and This Is What It's Like," 1 Apr. 2020 In fact, there seems to be no ailment Wim Hof’s method—the Wim Hof Method—does not claim to at least partially address: stress, arthritis, cancer, migraines, canker sores, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s Disease, ALS, MS, and HIV. Rachel Sugar, Bon Appétit, "I Tried the Wim Hof Method to Find Happiness Through Suffering," 28 Oct. 2019 And the lack of those nutrients develops canker sores. The New Yorker, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the 2020 Presidential Race and Trump’s Crisis at the Border," 10 July 2019 The products--sold under brand names like Orajel and Chloraseptic, as well as store brands and generics--are often used for relief from sore throats, canker sores and other oral irritations, according to the FDA. Laura Mcknight,, "Teething gels pose 'serious risk' to babies, FDA warns," 23 May 2018 Most canker sores resolve on their own within one to two weeks. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "What Causes Canker Sores?," 16 Mar. 2018 Now, for the burning question: Is alum a miracle treatment for canker sores? Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Why Trying to Cure Canker Sores With Alum May Not Be Worth It," 12 Dec. 2017 Then, like an unsightly canker sore on the lips of its résumé, lives the measly four takeaways which leave them tied for second-worst in the NFL. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "Cincinnati Bengals notes: Turnovers a glaring gap," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of canker sore

circa 1596, in the meaning defined above

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“Canker sore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of canker sore

US : a small painful sore inside the mouth

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can·​ker sore | \ ˈkaŋ-kər- \

Kids Definition of canker sore

: a small painful sore of the mouth

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Medical Definition of canker sore

: a small painful ulcer especially of the mouth especially : a painful shallow ulceration of the oral mucous membranes that has a grayish-white base surrounded by a reddish inflamed area and is characteristic of aphthous stomatitis — compare cold sore

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