ulcerate

verb
ul·cer·ate | \ˈəl-sə-ˌrāt \
ulcerated; ulcerating

Definition of ulcerate 

transitive verb

: to affect with or as if with an ulcer

intransitive verb

: to become affected with or as if with an ulcer

Examples of ulcerate in a Sentence

The wound began to ulcerate.

Recent Examples on the Web

The limbs swell, develop ulcerating sores and eventually rot. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "Volcanic Minerals, Not Worms, Caused Disease Outbreak in Uganda," 10 Apr. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ulcerate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of ulcerate

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ulcerate

Statistics for ulcerate

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ulcerate

The first known use of ulcerate was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ulcerate

ulcerate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ulcerate

medical : to form an ulcer

ulcerate

verb
ul·cer·ate | \ˈəl-sə-ˌrāt \
ulcerated; ulcerating

Medical Definition of ulcerate 

intransitive verb

: to become affected with or as if with an ulcer

transitive verb

: to affect with or as if with an ulcer an ulcerated stomach

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on ulcerate

What made you want to look up ulcerate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!