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. Nearby words ulanova, ulanova, galina, ulbricht, ulbricht, walter, ulcc, ulcerate, ulcerated, ulceration, ulcerative, ulcerative colitis Origin of ulcer 1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ulcer- (stem of ulcus); akin to Greek hélkos Related forms an·ti·ul·cer, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ulcer
ulcers from buboes partake of the same character, the edges being hard and the ulcer disposed to burrow.
Constant sickness, either arising from mucous inflammation or
ulcer of the stomach, contra—indicate the use of the thermal water.
The phagedænic condition is the result of an
ulcer being infected with specially virulent bacteria.
ulcer has healed it leaves a scar which is depressed, and if over a bone, is adherent to it. British Dictionary definitions for ulcer 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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Word Origin and History for ulcer n.
c.1400, from Old French
ulcere, from Vulgar Latin ulcerem, from Latin ulcus (genitive ulceris) "ulcer," from PIE *elk-es- "wound" (cf. Greek elkos).
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Medicine definitions for ulcer 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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Science definitions for ulcer 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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Culture definitions for ulcer Note
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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