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[uhl-ser] /ˈʌl sər/
Pathology. a sore on the skin or a mucous membrane, accompanied by the disintegration of tissue, the formation of pus, etc.
any chronically corrupting or disrupting condition, element, etc.
Origin of ulcer
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin ulcer- (stem of ulcus); akin to Greek hélkos
Related forms
antiulcer, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ulcer
  • Symptoms vary and depend on the specific cause of the mouth ulcer.
  • As soon as the ulcer forms, you can barely move that part of the body.
  • In the past, milk-alkali syndrome was often a side effect of treating peptic ulcer disease with antacids containing calcium.
  • Otherwise one could end up with a serious case of stomach ulcer.
  • Or they will find themselves in the hospital with a bleeding ulcer or heart palpitations.
  • The bump becomes an ulcer within a day of its appearance.
  • The only business that really benefited were ulcer medications.
  • Endoscopic therapy can be used to stop bleeding from the ulcer.
  • Suffering from a severe foot ulcer that would not heal, he was told his only chance of a cure was a partial amputation of his leg.
  • Placing a warm wet cloth over the area can help remove ulcer crusts.
British Dictionary definitions for ulcer


a disintegration of the surface of the skin or a mucous membrane resulting in an open sore that heals very slowly See also peptic ulcer
a source or element of corruption or evil
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ulcus; related to Greek helkos a sore
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Word Origin and History for ulcer

c.1400, from Old French ulcere, from Vulgar Latin ulcerem, from Latin ulcus (genitive ulceris) "ulcer," from PIE *elk-es- "wound" (cf. Greek elkos).

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ulcer in Medicine

ulcer ul·cer (ŭl'sər)
A lesion of the skin or of a mucous membrane, such as the one lining the stomach or duodenum, that is accompanied by formation of pus and necrosis of surrounding tissue, usually resulting from inflammation or ischemia.

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ulcer in Science
A break in the skin or a mucous membrane, such as the one lining the stomach or duodenum, accompanied by inflammation, pus, and loss of tissue.
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ulcer in Culture
ulcer [(ul-suhr)]

An inflamed open sore on the skin or mucous membrane. An ulcer may form in the inner lining of the stomach or duodenum, interfere with digestion, and cause considerable pain.

Note: It used to be thought that stress was the cause of stomach and duodenal ulcers, but we now know that they are caused by bacteria and can be cured by antibiotics.
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