ulcer

noun
ul·​cer | \ ˈəl-sər How to pronounce ulcer (audio) \

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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Massachusetts patients suffered 14,369 pressure ulcers — typically bedsores — and 4,625 post-operation infections that year. Liz Kowalczyk, BostonGlobe.com, "Medical errors prevalent and costly, new survey of Massachusetts residents shows," 10 June 2019 But in the most common form of the disease — ulceroglandular tularemia — signs in humans typically include fever, chills, exhaustion, a skin ulcer at the infection site and swollen and painful lymph glands. Fox News, "Alaska officials warn hares could spread deadly disease to people, pets," 8 June 2019 Soon after his arrival, Dr. Ketchum began focusing on 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate, or BZ, a white crystalline powder initially produced to treat ulcers. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "James Ketchum, who conducted mind-altering experiments on soldiers, dies at 87," 5 June 2019 Hospital staff noted that Eduardo was severely emaciated and had bruising, lacerations, and ulcers all over his body, according to court records. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "A 12-year-old boy who was starved, chained and kept in a dog collar died. His mother never knew he left the state," 4 June 2019 Honestly believing that ingesting massive doses of Kombucha will fix your ulcer. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Forget Decluttering: Clutter Is The Road To Genius," 11 Apr. 2019 The suit contended that hospital workers knew Reed was a high risk for pressure ulcers, yet did not follow its own preventive policies. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Jury awards $5 million to family in Jackson Hospital case," 17 June 2019 The organization’s analysis of 2013 insurance claims, which included 98 medical codes associated with preventable harm, found that the most common and costly errors involved pressure ulcers and post-surgery infections, similar to national studies. Liz Kowalczyk, BostonGlobe.com, "Medical errors prevalent and costly, new survey of Massachusetts residents shows," 10 June 2019 This same type of natural defense also happens in the stomach to prevent ulcers and in the mouth to fight gum disease. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "6 Health Benefits of Cranberries," 7 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce ulcer (audio) \

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 How to pronounce ulcer (audio) \

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 How to pronounce ulcering (audio) \

Medical Definition of ulcer (Entry 2 of 2)

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