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[uhl-ser-uh s]
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  1. of the nature of an ulcer; characterized by the formation of ulcers.
  2. affected with an ulcer or ulcers.
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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

cankerous, ulcerated

Examples from the Web for ulcerous

Historical Examples

  • Slowly one of the priests approached the portrait and put out an ulcerous hand to touch the face.

    The Portal of Dreams

    Charles Neville Buck

  • She was told that the saint's name was Roch and that he had miraculously cured her little boy of an ulcerous leg.

    Rich Relatives

    Compton Mackenzie

  • The subsequent progress of unarrested mercurial stomatitis is that of ulcerous stomatitis.

  • The local lesions, be they pustular or ulcerous, heal without cicatrices.

  • Signs: Great, ulcerous, wartlike, blood-filled blisters that grew rapidly over the body.

    Despoilers of the Golden Empire

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for ulcerous


  1. relating to, characteristic of, or characterized by an ulcer or ulcers
  2. being or having a corrupting influence
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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ulcerous in Medicine


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