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
chancrousplay \-k(ə-)rəs\ adjective
Origin and Etymology of chancre
French, from Old French, from Latin cancer
First Known Use: 1585See Words from the same year
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