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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ulcer verb

Examples of ulcer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike tuberculosis or leprosy, Buruli ulcer doesn’t spread easily from person to person. Brendan Borrell, The Atlantic, "Australia Has a Flesh-Eating-Bacteria Problem," 3 July 2020 Another layer of protection':Face masks made from fabric IU scientist developed could kill the coronavirus April drove straight to St Vincent’s Hospital, where doctors agreed that another ulcer was the most likely cause. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "'Look how far you've come': For some COVID patients recovery takes weeks or months," 10 June 2020 Signs of these problems may include: rash; itching; skin blistering; and ulcers in the mouth or other mucous membranes. Kara Wahlgren, Good Housekeeping, "How Helping Her Father Through Cancer Changed One Woman's Outlook on Life," 8 Apr. 2020 Pain from ulcers in her mouth kept her from sleeping. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "China’s Struggles with Hospice Care," 30 Mar. 2020 Signs of these problems may include: rash; itching; skin blistering; and ulcers in the mouth or other mucous membranes. Rachel Reiff Ellis, Woman's Day, "How a Lung Cancer Diagnosis Gave One Woman a New Lease on Life," 17 Mar. 2020 Dozens More in Her Apartment: 'We Kept Finding Handfuls' In some cases, the bite can cause necrosis, or tissue death, resulting in an ulcer in the skin. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Doctors Find Brown Recluse Spider in Woman’s Ear After She Complains of 'Swooshing' Sound," 26 Aug. 2019 Then again, the modern medical community still has not come around to Pliny’s treatment for ulcers, which includes salt and honey, butter, smashed snails and the ashes of a cremated dog’s head. New York Times, "Here Lies the Skull of Pliny the Elder, Maybe," 14 Feb. 2020 Doctors had diagnosed him with a hernia, two ulcers, a lung infection and severe COPD. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "Living without a living wage," 8 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of ulcer was in the 14th century

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12 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ulcer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ulcer. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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ulcer

noun
How to pronounce ulcer (audio)

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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