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Webster 1913 Edition


Ulcer

Ul′cer

,
Noun.
[F.
ulcère
, L.
ulcus
, gen.
ulceris
, akin to Gr. [GREEK].]
1.
(Med.)
A solution of continuity in any of the soft parts of the body, discharging purulent matter, found on a surface, especially one of the natural surfaces of the body, and originating generally in a constitutional disorder; a sore discharging pus. It is distinguished from an abscess, which has its beginning, at least, in the depth of the tissues.
2.
Fig.: Anything that festers and corrupts like an open sore; a vice in character.
Cold ulcer
(Med.)
,
an ulcer on a finger or toe, due to deficient circulation and nutrition. In such cases the extremities are cold.

Ul′cer

,
Verb.
T.
To ulcerate.
[R.]
Fuller.

Webster 1828 Edition


Ulcer

UL'CER

,
Noun.
[L. ulcus; Gr.]
A sore; a solution of continuity in any of the soft parts of the body, attend with a secretion of pus or some kind of discharge. Ulcers on the lungs are seldom healed.

Definition 2021


ulcer

ulcer

English

Noun

ulcer (plural ulcers)

  1. (pathology) An open sore of the skin, eyes or mucous membrane, often caused by an initial abrasion and generally maintained by an inflammation and/or an infection.
  2. (pathology) peptic ulcer
  3. (figuratively) Anything that festers and corrupts like an open sore; a vice in character.

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Etymology

French ulcère, from Latin ulcus.

Noun

ulcer n (plural ulcere)

  1. ulcer

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