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ulcerate

[uhl-suh-reyt] /ˈʌl səˌreɪt/
verb (used without object), ulcerated, ulcerating.
1.
to form an ulcer; become ulcerous:
His skin ulcerated after exposure to radioactive material.
verb (used with object), ulcerated, ulcerating.
2.
to cause an ulcer on or in:
Continued worry ulcerated his stomach.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin ulcerātus (past participle of ulcerāre to make sore), equivalent to ulcer- (see ulcer) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
ulceration, noun
unulcerated, adjective
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Examples from the web for ulceration
  • Diabetic foot disease, caused by changes in blood vessels and nerves, often leads to ulceration and eventual amputation.
  • A chancre is a painless ulceration formed during the primary stage of syphilis.
British Dictionary definitions for ulceration

ulcerate

/ˈʌlsəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
to make or become ulcerous

ulceration

/ˌʌlsəˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the development or formation of an ulcer
2.
an ulcer or an ulcerous condition
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Word Origin and History for ulceration
n.

c.1400, from Latin ulcerationem (nominative ulceratio), noun of action from ulcerare, from ulcer (see ulcer).

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ulceration in Medicine

ulcerate ul·cer·ate (ŭl'sə-rāt')
v. ul·cer·at·ed, ul·cer·at·ing, ul·cer·ates
To develop an ulcer; become ulcerous.


ul'cer·a'tive (-sə-rā'tĭv, -sər-ə-tĭv) adj.

ulceration ul·cer·a·tion (ŭl'sə-rā'shən)
n.

  1. Development of an ulcer.

  2. An ulcer or an ulcerous condition.

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