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
Recent Examples of ulcer from the Web
But NSAIDs can also cause side effects such as stomach ulcers, kidney damage and heart problems.
Those kinds of plays might give some managers ulcers, but not all skippers are keen on slowing down their most gifted athletes.
As without the usual hang-ups of Type As- the ulcers, the outbursts, and all the rest.
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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
Definition of ulcer for English Language Learners
medical : a painful, sore area inside or outside the body
ULCER Defined for Kids
Definition of ulcer for Students
: a slow-healing open painful sore (as of the lining of the stomach) in which tissue breaks down
Medical Definition of ulcer
: 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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