an ulceration of a mucous membrane, especially of the mouth.
Origin of canker sore
First recorded in 1905–10
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Medicine definitions for canker sore
A small painful ulcer of the mucous membrane of the mouth; an aphtha.aphthous stomatitis recurrent aphthous ulcers ulcerative stomatitis
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