ulcerate

verb
ul·​cer·​ate | \ ˈəl-sə-ˌrāt How to pronounce ulcerate (audio) \
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 intestines of typhoid patients often had inflamed or ulcerated nodules known as glands of Peyer or Peyer’s patches, named after a 17th-century Swiss anatomist. Timothy Kent Holliday, Smithsonian Magazine, "What an 1836 Typhus Outbreak Taught the Medical World About Epidemics," 21 Apr. 2020 As the man lay shackled to his hospital bed by both wrists and ankles and at his waist, the skin on his back began to ulcerate. Sheri Fink, New York Times, "Migrants in Custody at Hospitals Are Treated Like Felons, Doctors Say," 10 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of ulcerate

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Ulcerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ulcerate. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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ulcerate

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How to pronounce ulcerate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ulcerate

medical : to form an ulcer

ulcerate

verb
ul·​cer·​ate | \ ˈəl-sə-ˌrāt How to pronounce ulcerate (audio) \
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

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