- 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 French ≪ Latin cancrum, accusative of cancer cancer
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Examples from the Web for chancre
It may be a chancre, and it may be exceedingly serious if not properly diagnosed.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
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It is found especially on men who have suffered from gonorrha or chancre.The History of Prostitution
William W. Sanger
He was alarmed lest a minute pimple on his chin should develop into a chancre.Tics and Their Treatment
The disease is already systemic, or constitutional, and the chancre is the local expression of a constitutional disease.
Cutting out the chancre will not cure the disease, because, as stated, the germs are already in the system.
- pathol a small hard nodular growth, which is the first diagnostic sign of acquired syphilis
C16: from French, from Latin: cancer
Word Origin and History for chancre
also chanker, "venereal ulcer," c.1600, from French chancre (15c.), literally "cancer," from Latin cancer (see cancer).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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