Synonyms of canker in English:

canker

noun

  • 1 this plant is susceptible to canker
    fungal disease, plant rot;
    blight
  • 2 ear cankers
    ulcer, ulceration, infection, sore, abscess, noma
  • 3 racism remains a canker See cancer (sense 2)
  • Reflections

    noma

    This medical noun signifies an especially icky ulcerous infection of the mouth or genitals. Because the condition most commonly strikes children living in abject poverty/squalor, it's a bit like scrofula. And just as the adjective scrofulous has gradually extended its sense to mean 'corrupt, degenerate, gnarly,' so nomal seems ripe for similar extension; it could serve as a slightly obscure or erudite synonym for 'scrofulous, repulsive, pathetically gross, grossly pathetic' … you get the idea.
    David Foster Wallace

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