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canker

Pronunciation: /ˈkæŋkər; ˈkæŋkə(r)/

Translation of canker in Spanish:

noun/nombre

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  • 1.1 [Medicine/Medicina] úlcera (feminine) ([ especialmente en la boca ]) (before noun/delante del nombre) canker sore (American English/inglés norteamericano) afta (feminine (with masculine article in the singular))
    Example sentences
    • This means that you swish the medicine around in your mouth, especially around your canker sore, for a few minutes before swallowing it.
    • Call your doctor if your child's canker sore gets worse.
    • When my husband was a little boy, the doctor told his mom he had a canker sore.
    1.2 [Botany/Botánica] cancro (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • Activity in the citrus orchards of central Queensland has ground to a halt as the state calls for help to deal with the mammoth task of inspecting trees for the disease canker.
    • It pays to be on the lookout for apple scab, canker and mildew, tackling any problems before they become deeply ingrained and hard to treat.
    • Trees appear to resist bacterial canker but are very susceptible to fire blight.
    Example sentences
    • In dry edible beans, anthracnose causes unsightly cankers on plant stems, pods, and seeds.
    • As the infection progresses, trees undergo twig and branch dieback and develop stem cankers, which results in tree-death.
    • He visits other chestnut trees, too, packing mud on their cankers and clipping flowers for use in breeding programs.
    1.3 (evil) cáncer (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • Now the big question is how to curb the canker of corruption and restore much needed probity in public life.
    • ‘That is the canker in the heart of the Conservative Party and that is what sparked the trouble,’ he said
    • For politicians, the overstayer issue is a bit of a canker.

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