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ulcer Syllabification: ul·cer
Pronunciation: /ˈəlsər/

Definition of ulcer in English:


1An open sore on an external or internal surface of the body, caused by a break in the skin or mucous membrane that fails to heal.
Example sentences
  • A common form of mouth ulcer, canker sores occur in women more often than in men.
  • Painful skin ulcers with gangrenous margins may be a feature of mixed bacterial infections.
  • Along with the external ulcer, the internal arterial lesion must be treated.
Medicine  aphtha, chancre, furuncle
1.1A moral blemish or corrupting influence: he’s a con man with an incurable ulcer called gambling


Pronunciation: /ˈəlsərd/
Example sentences
  • She has had an ulcered leg now for over 6 months.
  • The existing leg became pink with blood flow, no longer ulcered, no longer had ischemic pain and was saved from amputation.
  • Some of the targeted functions are cushioning, energy absorption, stiffness, adaptation to the foot sole, filling out empty spaces within the shoe and pressure relieve on the ulcered area.


Late Middle English: from Latin ulcus, ulcer-.

Words that rhyme with ulcer

propulsor, Tulsa
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