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noun Pathology.
  1. a severe, destructive, eroding ulcer.

Origin of phagedena

1650–60; < New Latin phagedaena < Greek phagédaina an ulcer, akin to phageîn to eat
Related formsphag·e·den·ic [faj-i-den-ik, -dee-nik] /ˌfædʒ ɪˈdɛn ɪk, -ˈdi nɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for phagedaena



  1. pathol a rapidly spreading ulcer that destroys tissues as it increases in size

Word Origin

C17: via Latin from Greek, from phagein to eat
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phagedaena in Medicine


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  1. A cutaneous ulcer that rapidly spreads peripherally, destroying tissues as it increases in size.phagedenic ulcer
Related formsphag′e•denic (-dĕnĭk) adj.
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