chancroid

chancroid

[shang-kroid]
noun Pathology.
an infectious venereal ulcer with a soft base.
Also called simple chancre, soft chancre.


Origin:
1860–65; chancre + -oid

chancroidal, adjective
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chancroid (ˈʃæŋkrɔɪd)
 
n
1.  a soft venereal ulcer, esp of the male genitals, caused by infection with the bacillus Haemophilus ducreyi
 
adj
2.  relating to or resembling a chancroid or chancre
 
chan'croidal
 
adj

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chancroid chan·croid (shāng'kroid')
n.
An infectious venereal ulcer at the site of infection by Haemophilus ducreyi beginning after an incubation period of 3 to 5 days. Also called soft ulcer, venereal ulcer.


chan'croi'dal (-kroid'l) adj.
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chancroid

acute, localized, chiefly sexually transmitted disease, usually of the genital area, caused by the bacillus Haemophilus ducreyi. It is characterized by the appearance, 3-5 days after exposure, of a painful, shallow ulcer at the site of infection. Such an ulcer is termed a soft chancre, as opposed to a hard chancre, which is the characteristic lesion of the primary stage of infectious syphilis. The appearance of the soft chancre is followed by enlargement and inflammation of the regional lymph nodes. Sulfonamide drugs inhibit the growth of the microorganism; erythromycin and streptomycin are among the most effective drugs used for treatment of the disease.

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