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noun ul·cer \ˈəl-sər\

Definition of ulcer

  1. 1 :  a break in skin or mucous membrane with loss of surface tissue, disintegration and necrosis of epithelial tissue, and often pus

  2. 2 :  something that festers and corrupts like an open sore

ulcer

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Origin and Etymology of ulcer

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


First Known Use: 14th century



ULCER Defined for English Language Learners

ulcer

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noun ul·cer \ˈəl-sər\

Definition of ulcer for English Language Learners

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


ULCER Defined for Kids

ulcer

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noun ul·cer \ˈəl-sər\

Definition of ulcer for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

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ulcer

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noun ul·cer \ˈəl-sər\

Medical 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 <a stomach ulcer>


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ulcer

verb ul·cer

Medical Definition of ulcer

ulcered

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ulcering

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