Definition of ulcerate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌlsəreɪt/


[no object]
Develop into or become affected by an ulcer: a small vesicle which ulcerates and spreads (as adjective ulcerated) the smell of his ulcerated leg
More example sentences
  • The nodules and the papule on the affected finger began to ulcerate and produce a purulent discharge.
  • The vesicles rupture, and a painless, ulcerated, black eschar develops.
  • The papule becomes pustular and ulcerates, producing an ulcer crater with colorless exudate.



Pronunciation: /ʌlsəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Aphthous ulcers that occur in conjunction with symptoms of uveitis, genital ulcerations, conjunctivitis, arthritis, fever or adenopathy should prompt a search for a serious etiology.
  • Apart from necrobiosis lipoidica, diabetes is not a primary cause of ulceration but often leads to ulceration through neuropathy or ischaemia, or both.
  • In fact, we owe much of what we know about managing neuropathic foot ulcerations related to diabetes to Dr Brand's pioneering work.


Pronunciation: /ˈʌlsərətɪv/
Example sentences
  • Important clinical and biological differences exist between the adenoma carcinoma sequence and ulcerative colitis associated neoplasia.
  • Other risk factors include asthma, cirrhosis, diabetes, and ulcerative colitis.
  • The most common symptoms of both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are diarrhea and abdominal pain.


Late Middle English: from Latin ulcerat- 'made ulcerous', from the verb ulcerare.

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Line breaks: ul¦cer|ate

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