- a severe, destructive, eroding ulcer.
Origin of phagedena
1650–60; < New Latin phagedaena < Greek phagédaina an ulcer, akin to phageîn to eat
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Examples from the Web for phagedenic
Primary ulcer of a reddish-brown colour; borders closely on the phagedenic character.
When such an ulcer increases rapidly in size it is termed a phagedenic ulcer.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
Mr. S. aged 30, had a sore two inches in length in the groin, the remains of a phagedenic ulcer.
It may, therefore, remain a question whether the lunar caustic may not still prove useful in phagedenic ulcers of a smaller size.
- A cutaneous ulcer that rapidly spreads peripherally, destroying tissues as it increases in size.phagedenic ulcer
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