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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.
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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.
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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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Related Words for ulcerate

smolder, blister, chafe, aggravate, decay, gather, canker, gall, irk, maturate, ulcer, putrefy, suppurate, rot, rankle, ulcerate

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Historical Examples of ulcerate

  • Should the wound not readily heal, but ulcerate, it may be bathed with alum-water.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry

    Robert Jennings

  • In scurvy the mouth and gums inflame and ulcerate, the latter becoming swollen, spongy, and of a bluish-red color.

  • Like other foreign bodies, a gall-stone may ulcerate through the intestine, producing fatal peritonitis.

  • And thus, when suffering does not ulcerate the heart and make it savage, it is the most softening of all influences.

  • The eyes may remain open for such long periods of time that the conjunctiva and sclera may become quite dry and ulcerate.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

British Dictionary definitions for ulcerate


  1. to make or become ulcerous
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ulcerate in Medicine


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