[uhl-ser-uh s]
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Origin of ulcerous

1570–80; < Latin ulcerōsus full of sores, ulcerous, equivalent to ulcer- a sore, ulcer + -ōsus -ous
Related formsul·cer·ous·ly, adverbul·cer·ous·ness, nounnon·ul·cer·ous, adjectivenon·ul·cer·ous·ly, adverbnon·ul·cer·ous·ness, nounun·ul·cer·ous, adjectiveun·ul·cer·ous·ly, adverbun·ul·cer·ous·ness, noun
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Related Words for ulcerous

cankerous, ulcerated

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British Dictionary definitions for ulcerous


  1. relating to, characteristic of, or characterized by an ulcer or ulcers
  2. being or having a corrupting influence
Derived Formsulcerously, adverbulcerousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ulcerous

1570s, from Latin ulcerosus, from ulcer (see ulcer).

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ulcerous in Medicine


  1. Of the nature of ulcers or an ulcer.
  2. Having ulcers or an ulcer.
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