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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

aching, inflamed, uncomfortable, tender, sharp, painful, hurting, bruised, smolder, acute, burning, sensitive, raw, annoying, smarting, extreme, blister, chafe, aggravate, decay

Examples from the Web for ulcerated

Historical Examples

  • They were reddish-purple, ulcerated, and the stench was oppressive.

    In Mesopotamia

    Martin Swayne

  • I may have an ulcerated tooth, and that, you know, is very painful.

  • He has an ulcerated tooth and is going to the Bay to-night to have it treated.

  • One or more of her sexual organs are now inflamed and ulcerated.

  • The mouth continually dreuls, and in some instances is ulcerated and sore.

    Opium Eating


British Dictionary definitions for ulcerated


  1. to make or become ulcerous
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ulcerated 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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