[ shang-ker ]
/ ˈʃæŋ kər /

noun Pathology.

the initial lesion of syphilis and certain other infectious diseases, commonly a more or less distinct ulcer or sore with a hard base.

Origin of chancre

1595–1605; < Middle FrenchLatin cancrum, accusative of cancer cancer

Related forms

chan·crous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chancre


/ (ˈʃæŋkə) /


pathol a small hard nodular growth, which is the first diagnostic sign of acquired syphilis

Derived Forms

chancrous, adjective

Word Origin for chancre

C16: from French, from Latin: cancer
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Medicine definitions for chancre


[ shăngkər ]


The primary lesion of syphilis; a hard, nonsensitive, dull red papule or area of infiltration that begins at the site of infection after an interval of 10 to 30 days.hard chancre hard ulcer

Related forms

chancrous (-krəs) adj.
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