Definition of ulcer in English:

ulcer

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌlsə
 
/

noun

1An open sore on an external or internal surface of the body, caused by a break in the skin or mucous membrane which fails to heal. Ulcers range from small, painful sores in the mouth to bedsores and serious lesions of the stomach or intestine.
More 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.
Synonyms
sore, ulceration, open sore, abscess, boil, carbuncle, pustule, blister, cyst, gumboil, wen; North Americancanker sore
archaic gathering, fester, impostume
1.1A moral blemish or corrupting influence: he’s a conman with an incurable ulcer called gambling

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin ulcus, ulcer-.

Derivatives

ulcered

adjective
More 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.

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