What does ulcer mean?

Definitions for ulcer
ˈʌl sərul·cer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ulcer, ulcerationnoun

    a circumscribed inflammatory and often suppurating lesion on the skin or an internal mucous surface resulting in necrosis of tissue


  1. ulcernoun

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ULCERnoun

    A sore of continuance; not a new wound.

    Etymology: ulcere, Fr. ulcus, Latin.

    Thou answer’st, she is fair;
    Pour’st in the open ulcer of my heart
    Her eyes, her hair, her cheek, her gait, her voice! William Shakespeare.

    My ulcers swell,
    Corrupt and smell. George Sandys, Paraphrase.

    Intestine stone and ulcer, colick pangs. John Milton.

    While he was dressing that opening, other abscesses were raised, and from the several apostemations sinuous ulcers were made. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.


  1. Ulcer

    An ulcer is a discontinuity or break in a bodily membrane that impedes normal function of the affected organ. According to Robbins's pathology, "ulcer is the breach of the continuity of skin, epithelium or mucous membrane caused by sloughing out of inflamed necrotic tissue." Common forms of ulcers recognized in medicine include: Ulcer (dermatology), a discontinuity of the skin or a break in the skin. Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores Genital ulcer, an ulcer located on the genital area Ulcerative dermatitis, a skin disorder associated with bacterial growth often initiated by self-trauma Anal fissure, a.k.a. an ulcer or tear near the anus or within the rectum Diabetic foot ulcer, a major complication of the diabetic foot Corneal ulcer, an inflammatory or infective condition of the cornea Mouth ulcer, an open sore inside the mouth. Aphthous ulcer, a specific type of oral ulcer also known as a canker sore Peptic ulcer, a discontinuity of the gastrointestinal mucosa (stomach ulcer) Venous ulcer, a wound thought to occur due to improper functioning of valves in the veins Stress ulcer, an ulcer located within the stomach and proximal duodenum Ulcerative sarcoidosis, a cutaneous condition affecting people with sarcoidosis Ulcerative lichen planus, a rare variant of lichen planus Ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Ulcerative disposition, a disorder or discomfort that causes severe abdominal distress, often associated with chronic gastritis

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ulcernoun

    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. Ulcernoun

    fig.: Anything that festers and corrupts like an open sore; a vice in character

  3. Ulcerverb

    to ulcerate

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ulcer

    ul′sėr, n. a dangerous sore, discharging matter: (fig.) a sore, a strain.—v.i. Ul′cerate, to be formed into an ulcer.—v.t to affect with an ulcer or ulcers.—n. Ulcerā′tion, that part or effect of an inflammatory process in which the materials of inflamed tissues, liquefied or degenerate, are cast off, in solution or very minute particles, from free surfaces, or, more rarely, are absorbed from the substance of the body: an ulcer.—adjs. Ul′cered, affected with an ulcer; Ul′cerous, of the nature of an ulcer: affected with an ulcer.—adv. Ul′cerously, in an ulcerous manner.—n. Ul′cerousness. [Fr. ulcère—L. ulcus, ulcĕris; Gr. helkos, a wound.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Ulcer

    A lesion on the surface of the skin or a mucous surface, produced by the sloughing of inflammatory necrotic tissue.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ulcer' in Nouns Frequency: #2337

Anagrams for ulcer »

  1. lucre

  2. cruel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ulcer in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ulcer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of ulcer in a Sentence

  1. Andres Garchitorena:

    The way it creates the ulcers is that when it's inside your skin, it multiplies, and it produces a toxin, it mostly affects the fatty tissue. It starts generally with a small nodule, but over time, it opens up and creates an ulcer.

  2. Duffy Jennings:

    The Zodiac case gnawed at him, he said it gave him an ulcer.

  3. Socrates:

    Envy is the ulcer of the soul.

  4. Ardeshir Bayat:

    We had a patient, a 92-year-old lady, who had a skin ulcer for 20 years, even after getting treated with various dressings, after we treated her with decellularized dermis, she healed within four weeks.

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