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[shang-kroid] /ˈʃæŋ krɔɪd/
noun, Pathology
an infectious venereal ulcer with a soft base.
Also called simple chancre, soft chancre.
Origin of chancroid
1860-65; chancre + -oid
Related forms
chancroidal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chancroid
Historical Examples
  • The return bears out other evidence showing that the chancroid or soft-sore type of infection is rare in this Dominion.

    Venereal Diseases in New Zealand (1922) Committee Of The Board Of Health
  • When the chancroid is healed and the bubo becomes a scar the disease is cured.

  • The chancroid plant causes a very nasty sore, the chancroid, which often destroys much flesh and causes buboes.

British Dictionary definitions for chancroid


a soft venereal ulcer, esp of the male genitals, caused by infection with the bacillus Haemophilus ducreyi
relating to or resembling a chancroid or chancre
Derived Forms
chancroidal, adjective
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chancroid in Medicine

chancroid chan·croid (shāng'kroid')
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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