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noun Pathology.
  1. an infectious venereal ulcer with a soft base.
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Origin of chancroid

First recorded in 1860–65; chancre + -oid
Also called simple chancre, soft chancre.
Related formschan·croi·dal, adjective
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Related Words for chancroid

AIDS, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, clap, HIV, STD, VD, chancroid, chlamydia, crabs, scabies

Examples from the Web for chancroid

Historical Examples of chancroid

  • When the chancroid is healed and the bubo becomes a scar the disease is cured.

    Manual of Military Training

    James A. Moss

  • The return bears out other evidence showing that the chancroid or soft-sore type of infection is rare in this Dominion.

    Venereal Diseases in New Zealand (1922)

    Committee Of The Board Of Health

  • The chancroid plant causes a very nasty sore, the chancroid, which often destroys much flesh and causes buboes.

British Dictionary definitions for chancroid


  1. a soft venereal ulcer, esp of the male genitals, caused by infection with the bacillus Haemophilus ducreyi
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  1. relating to or resembling a chancroid or chancre
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Derived Formschancroidal, adjective
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chancroid in Medicine


  1. An infectious venereal ulcer at the site of infection by Haemophilus ducreyi beginning after an incubation period of 3 to 5 days.soft ulcer venereal ulcer
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Related formschan′croidal (-kroidl) adj.
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