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chancre

[shang-ker] /ˈʃæŋ kər/
noun, Pathology
1.
the initial lesion of syphilis and certain other infectious diseases, commonly a more or less distinct ulcer or sore with a hard base.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Middle FrenchLatin cancrum, accusative of cancer cancer
Related forms
chancrous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chancres

chancre

/ˈʃæŋkə/
noun
1.
(pathol) a small hard nodular growth, which is the first diagnostic sign of acquired syphilis
Derived Forms
chancrous, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Latin: cancer
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Word Origin and History for chancres

chancre

n.

also chanker, "venereal ulcer," c.1600, from French chancre (15c.), literally "cancer," from Latin cancer (see cancer).

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chancres in Medicine

chancre chan·cre (shāng'kər)
n.
The primary lesion of syphilis; a hard, nonsensitive, dull red papule or area of infiltration that begins at the site of infection after an interval of 10 to 30 days. Also called hard chancre, hard ulcer.


chan'crous (-krəs) adj.
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