ulcer [ uhl-ser ] SHOW IPA / ˈʌl sər / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun Pathology. a sore on the skin or a mucous membrane, accompanied by the disintegration of tissue, the formation of pus, etc. any chronically corrupting or disrupting condition, element, etc. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
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Origin of ulcer
1350–1400; Middle English <Latin
ulcer- (stem of ulcus); akin to Greek hélkos OTHER WORDS FROM ulcer an·ti·ul·cer, adjective Words nearby ulcer Ulan Bator
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Example sentences from the Web for ulcer
Buffered and enteric-coated aspirin do not eliminate the risk of developing an
Except in gastric
ulcer, the danger lies in the retching produced, and the tube can safely be used if the patient takes it easily.
When found in the fluid removed after a test-meal, it commonly points toward
ulcer or carcinoma.
Recognition of occult hemorrhage has its greatest value in diagnosis of gastric cancer and
And among others, Sir J. Denham he told me he had cured, after it was come to an
ulcer all over his face, to a miracle.
It chanced one day, when he was fifteen, he went into the woods, and the
ulcer pained him. noun a disintegration of the surface of the skin or a mucous membrane resulting in an open sore that heals very slowly See also peptic ulcer a source or element of corruption or evil Word Origin for ulcer
C14: from Latin
ulcus; related to Greek helkos a sore
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n. A lesion of the skin or of a mucous membrane, such as the one lining the stomach or duodenum, that is accompanied by formation of pus and necrosis of surrounding tissue, usually resulting from inflammation or ischemia.
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A break in the skin or a mucous membrane, such as the one lining the stomach or duodenum, accompanied by inflammation, pus, and loss of tissue.
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An inflamed open sore on the
skin or mucous membrane. An ulcer may form in the inner lining of the stomach or duodenum, interfere with digestion, and cause considerable pain. notes for ulcer
It used to be thought that stress was the cause of stomach and duodenal ulcers, but we now know that they are caused by
and can be cured by
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