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ulcerate

[uhl-suh-reyt]
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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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British Dictionary definitions for ulceration

ulceration

noun
  1. the development or formation of an ulcer
  2. an ulcer or an ulcerous condition
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ulcerate

verb
  1. to make or become ulcerous
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Word Origin and History for ulceration

n.

c.1400, from Latin ulcerationem (nominative ulceratio), noun of action from ulcerare, from ulcer (see ulcer).

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ulceration in Medicine

ulceration

(ŭl′sə-rāshən)
n.
  1. Development of an ulcer.
  2. An ulcer or an ulcerous condition.
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ulcerate

(ŭlsə-rāt′)
v.
  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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