- 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
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ulcer- (stem of ulcus); akin to Greek hélkos
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- 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 for ulcer
C14: from Latin ulcus; related to Greek helkos a sore
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c.1400, from Old French ulcere, from Vulgar Latin ulcerem, from Latin ulcus (genitive ulceris) "ulcer," from PIE *elk-es- "wound" (cf. Greek elkos).
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- 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.
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- 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.
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