Synonyms of canker in English:
3 racism remains a canker See cancer (sense 2)
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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