- a severe, destructive, eroding ulcer.
Origin of phagedena
1650–60; < New Latin phagedaena < Greek phagédaina an ulcer, akin to phageîn to eat
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- pathol a rapidly spreading ulcer that destroys tissues as it increases in size
C17: via Latin from Greek, from phagein to eat
- A cutaneous ulcer that rapidly spreads peripherally, destroying tissues as it increases in size.phagedenic ulcer
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