[ uhl-suh-reyt ]
/ ˈʌl səˌreɪt /

verb (used without object), ul·cer·at·ed, ul·cer·at·ing.

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.

to cause an ulcer on or in: Continued worry ulcerated his stomach.

Nearby words

  1. ulanova, galina,
  2. ulbricht,
  3. ulbricht, walter,
  4. ulcc,
  5. ulcer,
  6. ulcerated,
  7. ulceration,
  8. ulcerative,
  9. ulcerative colitis,
  10. ulcerative stomatitis

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


/ (ˌʌlsəˈreɪʃən) /


the development or formation of an ulcer
an ulcer or an ulcerous condition


/ (ˈʌlsəˌreɪt) /


to make or become ulcerous
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Word Origin and History for ulceration



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

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Medicine definitions for ulceration


[ ŭl′sə-rāshən ]


Development of an ulcer.
An ulcer or an ulcerous condition.


[ ŭlsə-rāt′ ]


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

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