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;Related formschan·crous, adjective
< Middle French
≪ Latin cancrum,
accusative of cancer cancer
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Historical Examples of chancre
It may be a chancre, and it may be exceedingly serious if not properly diagnosed.
It is found especially on men who have suffered from gonorrha or chancre.
He was alarmed lest a minute pimple on his chin should develop into a chancre.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for chancre
Derived Formschancrous, adjective
pathol a small hard nodular growth, which is the first diagnostic sign of acquired syphilis
Word Origin for chancre
C16: from French, from Latin: cancer
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Word Origin and History for chancre
also chanker, "venereal ulcer," c.1600, from French chancre (15c.), literally "cancer," from Latin cancer (see cancer).
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Related formschan′crous (-krəs) adj.
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
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