chancre

noun

chan·​cre ˈshaŋ-kər How to pronounce chancre (audio)
: a primary sore or ulcer at the site of entry of a pathogen (as in tularemia)
especially : the initial lesion of syphilis
chancrous adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the first stage, the most distinctive symptom of syphilis is a chancre, which is a circular lesion on the body. Amy Yurkanin | Ayurkanin@al.com, al, 24 Sep. 2022 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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Word History

Etymology

French, from Old French, from Latin cancer

First Known Use

1585, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chancre was in 1585

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Cite this Entry

“Chancre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chancre. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

chancre

noun
chan·​cre ˈshaŋ-kər How to pronounce chancre (audio)
: a sore at the site of entry of an infectious germ (as one causing syphilis)

Medical Definition

chancre

noun
chan·​cre ˈshaŋ-kər How to pronounce chancre (audio)
: a primary sore or ulcer at the site of entry of a pathogen (as in tularemia)
especially : the initial lesion of syphilis
chancrous adjective

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