- Pathology. a sore on the skin or a mucous membrane, accompanied by the disintegration of tissue, the formation of pus, etc.
- peptic ulcer.
- any chronically corrupting or disrupting condition, element, etc.
Origin of ulcer
Examples from the Web for ulcer
Indeed, Rep. Paul Ryan may talk a good game about the poor, but his policies still give social-justice advocates an ulcer.How This Pope Is Remaking the GOP
April 18, 2014
The doctors suspected a heart issue or an ulcer and recommended he follow up with his regular physician.No Answers in Death of Technician Linked to Andrew Breitbart
November 30, 2012
Buffered and enteric-coated aspirin do not eliminate the risk of developing an ulcer.Could a Daily Aspirin Be Deadly?
Arthur Agatston, M.D.
February 23, 2010
Might it not rather be some unknown form of ulcer of hysterical origin?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
He has spoken of it as an ulcer that is draining the Empire of its resources.The Snare
No ulcer can heal, unless the absorption from it is as great as the deposition in it.Zoonomia, Vol. II
Oh, do not talk of her; she is my ulcer, particularly when I am in a bad temper.The Regent's Daughter
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
The condition of the ulcer when the clay is removed is indescribable.At the Court of the Amr
John Alfred Gray
- a disintegration of the surface of the skin or a mucous membrane resulting in an open sore that heals very slowlySee also peptic ulcer
- a source or element of corruption or evil
Word Origin and History for ulcer
c.1400, from Old French ulcere, from Vulgar Latin ulcerem, from Latin ulcus (genitive ulceris) "ulcer," from PIE *elk-es- "wound" (cf. Greek elkos).
- A lesion of the skin or of a mucous membrane, such as the one lining the stomach or duodenum, that is accompanied by formation of pus and necrosis of surrounding tissue, usually resulting from inflammation or ischemia.
- A break in the skin or a mucous membrane, such as the one lining the stomach or duodenum, accompanied by inflammation, pus, and loss of tissue.