chancre

noun
chan·​cre | \ ˈshaŋ-kər How to pronounce chancre (audio) \

Definition of chancre

: a primary sore or ulcer at the site of entry of a pathogen (as in tularemia) especially : the initial lesion of syphilis

Other Words from chancre

chancrous \ ˈshaŋ-​k(ə-​)rəs How to pronounce chancre (audio) \ adjective

Examples of chancre in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes syphilis presents as a painless chancre, or a round, open sore on your genitals. Zahra Barnes, SELF, 12 Oct. 2021 Syphilis is transmitted from person to person by direct contact with a syphilitic sore, known as a chancre. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 16 June 2021 Syphilis: If your partner has chancres (firm, round sores) that aren’t covered by the condom, the infection can spread to you. Zahra Barnes, SELF, 29 Aug. 2019 In the primary stage, chancres (usually firm, round, and painless) appear at the site of infection. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 28 May 2019

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First Known Use of chancre

1585, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chancre

French, from Old French, from Latin cancer

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“Chancre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chancre. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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chancre

noun
chan·​cre | \ ˈshaŋ-kər How to pronounce chancre (audio) \

Medical Definition of chancre

: a primary sore or ulcer at the site of entry of a pathogen (as in tularemia) especially : the initial lesion of syphilis

Other Words from chancre

chancrous \ -​k(ə-​)rəs How to pronounce chancre (audio) \ adjective

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