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verb (used without object), ul·cer·at·ed, ul·cer·at·ing.
  1. to form an ulcer; become ulcerous: His skin ulcerated after exposure to radioactive material.
verb (used with object), ul·cer·at·ed, ul·cer·at·ing.
  1. to cause an ulcer on or in: Continued worry ulcerated his stomach.

Origin of ulcerate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin ulcerātus (past participle of ulcerāre to make sore), equivalent to ulcer- (see ulcer) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsul·cer·a·tion, nounun·ul·cer·at·ed, adjective
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  1. to make or become ulcerous
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ulcerate in Medicine


  1. To develop an ulcer; become ulcerous.
Related formsulcer•a′tive (-sə-rā′tĭv, -sər-ə-tĭv) adj.
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