chancroid

noun

chan·​croid ˈshaŋ-ˌkrȯid How to pronounce chancroid (audio)
: a venereal disease caused by a bacterium (Hemophilus ducreyi) and characterized by chancres unlike those of syphilis in lacking firm indurated margins

called also soft chancre

chancroidal adjective

Examples of chancroid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Four STDs are monitored nationwide and nationally notifiable to the CDC: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and chancroid. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 8 Oct. 2019 Other groups—mental patients and prisoners—had additionally been exposed to syphilis and chancroid. Sushma Subramanian, Slate Magazine, 26 Feb. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chancroid was in 1858

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Medical Definition

chancroid

noun
chan·​croid ˈshaŋ-ˌkrȯid How to pronounce chancroid (audio)
: a venereal disease caused by a hemophilic bacterium of the genus Haemophilus (H. ducreyi) and characterized by chancres that differ from those of syphilis in lacking firm indurated margins

called also soft chancre

see ducrey's bacillus
chancroidal adjective

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