ulcer

noun
ul·​cer | \ ˈəl-sər \

Definition of ulcer

1 : a break in skin or mucous membrane with loss of surface tissue, disintegration and necrosis of epithelial tissue, and often pus
2 : something that festers and corrupts like an open sore

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The necropsy found an ulcer in the wall of the animal's stomach that ultimately led to peritonitis. Luis Andres Henao, Fox News, "Giraffe, rhino deaths raise alarm at former Buenos Aires zoo," 22 Aug. 2018 Both Talakoub and Sobel agree that HA is a good antibacterial agent on the skin to help heal wounds like burns and skin ulcers. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need To Know About Hyaluronic Acid," 14 Dec. 2018 But the report states that the skin lesions became deep necrotic ulcers, which means the cells in the living tissue along his hand and arm were dying. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Raw Seafood Reportedly Led to Amputation for One Man," 30 Aug. 2018 The results, published online Thursday, May 24, 2018 by the journal Science, suggest a smaller version of the capsule could eventually be used in humans to find signs of ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease or even colorectal cancer. Washington Post, "Gut check: Swallowed capsule could spot trouble, send alert," 26 May 2018 But the results suggest the capsule could eventually be used in people to find signs of ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease or even colon cancer, the researchers said. Carla K. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Swallowed electronic capsule could spot health trouble, send alert," 25 May 2018 If not treated quickly enough, keratitis can spiral into a corneal ulcer, or open sore on the front of your eye. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Entirely Preventable Eye Injuries Doctors See Way Too Often," 1 Nov. 2018 MiMedx marketing materials say the 14-millimeter graft fits more than half of all diabetic foot ulcers, a common wound. Gretchen Morgenson, WSJ, "MiMedx Kept Cheaper Products Out of Its Offerings to VA Hospitals," 5 Oct. 2018 Sleeping in your contacts can also give you eye ulcers. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Entirely Preventable Eye Injuries Doctors See Way Too Often," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of ulcer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ulcer

Middle English, from Latin ulcer-, ulcus; akin to Greek helkos wound

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ulcer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ulcer

medical : a painful, sore area inside or outside the body

ulcer

noun
ul·​cer | \ ˈəl-sər \

Kids Definition of ulcer

: a slow-healing open painful sore (as of the lining of the stomach) in which tissue breaks down

ulcer

noun
ul·​cer | \ ˈəl-sər \

Medical Definition of ulcer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a break in skin or mucous membrane with loss of surface tissue, disintegration and necrosis of epithelial tissue, and often pus a stomach ulcer

ulcer

verb
ulcered; ulcering\ ˈəls-​(ə-​)riŋ \

Medical Definition of ulcer (Entry 2 of 2)

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