ulcer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ulcer a circumscribed inflammatory and often suppurating lesion on the skin or an internal mucous surface resulting in necrosis of tissue
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Streetcar conductors, taxi drivers, and business executives have the highest statistical chance of getting peptic ulcers.
    • Ulcer (Med) A solution of continuity in any of the soft parts of the body, discharging purulent matter, found on a surface, especially one of the natural surfaces of the body, and originating generally in a constitutional disorder; a sore discharging pus. It is distinguished from an abscess, which has its beginning, at least, in the depth of the tissues.
    • Ulcer Fig.: Anything that festers and corrupts like an open sore; a vice in character.
    • v. t Ulcer To ulcerate. "To exulcerate the lungs."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mouth ulcers are the most common human affliction.
    • n ulcer A sore in any of the soft parts of the body, open either to the surface or to some natural cavity, and attended with a secretion of pus or some kind of discharge; a solution of continuity of the skin of the body, or of the investing tissue of any natural cavity, the result of morbid action, not of mechanical injury nor of a healthy reparative process. A wound may become an ulcer, but is not such unless diseased action is set up. An abscess is an ulceration within the tissue of a part which has formed a morbid excavation with a contracted orifice or none. Ulcers have been divided into local and constitutional, but the distinction is not obvious. They are also treated as simple or specific sores. Most ulcers are both constitutional and specific—that is, the local exhibition of a specific poison which infects the whole system, as the diphtheritic, the syphilitic, or the carcinomatous; others are less obviously specific, as the scrofulous or the scorbutic.
    • n ulcer Hence, figuratively, a sore, blot, stain, or cause of reproach, in an ethical sense: as, an ulcer of the body politic.
    • ulcer To ulcerate. Fuller, Holy and Profane State, V. vi. 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ulcer ul′sėr a dangerous sore, discharging matter:
    • n Ulcer ul′sėr (fig.) a sore, a strain
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Quotations

  • St. Ignatius Loyola
    St. Ignatius Loyola
    “Let me look at the foulness and ugliness of my body. Let me see myself as an ulcerous sore running with every horrible and disgusting poison.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.”
  • Vicki Baum
    Vicki Baum
    “You don't get ulcers from what you eat. You get them from what's eating you.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ulcère, L. ulcus, gen. ulceris, akin to Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ulcère—L. ulcus, ulcĕris; Gr. helkos, a wound.

Usage

In literature:

The trivial ulcers have developed into something worse.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
Thrush and ulcers are often caused, not prevented, by the frequent wiping out of baby's tender mouth.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
It is possible, however, for any case to progress further and become ulcerative.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
But with others the pain was acute, the eye much inflamed, and the cornea covered with minute ulcerations.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 452" by Various
As one grinds defiantly on an ulcerated tooth, so she crushed her pride and dragged it in the dust.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
A colt thus shod could not have a corn, for a corn is an ulcer caused by the wings of the coffin-bone pressing upon a hard, unelastic substance.
"Rational Horse-Shoeing" by John E. Russell
An ulcer upon your soul!
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
I may have an ulcerated tooth, and that, you know, is very painful.
"Ohio Arbor Day 1913: Arbor and Bird Day Manual" by Various
Syphilis has no direct influence in inducing the disease, but a syphilitic chap or ulcer may be the starting-point of an epithelioma.
"History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present" by Peter Charles Remondino
He had been sick with a large ulcer on his neck, but that was now better.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
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In poetry:

Fleeing in rain and in tempest,
Saw by the cataract's bed,--
Cancers of ulcerous fire,
Wounds of a bloody red,--
Its windows glare in the darkness
Eyes of a dragon's head.
"Elphin" by Madison Julius Cawein
Joe Giles went in for grabbing gold,
And grovelled in the dirt;
He, too, looks prematurely old,
His gastric ulcers hurt:
Although he has a heap of dough.
I do not envy Joe.
"Class-Mates" by Robert W Service
One has a probe—it feels to me a crowbar.
A small boy sniffs and shudders after bluestone.
A poor old tramp explains his poor old ulcers.
Life is (I think) a blunder and a shame.
"Waiting" by William Ernest Henley
And many an old cove such as I
Is troubled with the jitters,
And being as he's scared to die
Gives up his gin and bitters;
While dreading stomach ulcers he
Chucks dinner for high tea.
"Cowardice" by Robert W Service

In news:

A list of banned substances for the dogs includes anti-ulcer medications such as Pepsic and Prllosec.
It's supposed to be easier to deal with that way, and less likely to give you an ulcer.
The medical elite thought they knew what caused ulcers and stomach cancer.
The prescription gel becaplermin (brand name Regranex), which is used to treat foot ulcers and leg ulcers , is being investigated for a possible link to increased cancer risk in people with diabetes.
Ulcer operation may be new way to treat obesity.
With bob dead & aaron ulcer .
The FDA approved Abbott Laboratories Inc.'s blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira for the treatment of ulcerative colitis.
Our medical expert untangles the facts about ulcerative colitis.
Diabetic ulcer of the lower extremity.
UCI-led study identifies ulcer bug.
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are the two types of this disorder.
Ulcerative colitis, according to a new study.
Dr Mehdi Shishehbor, left, and Dr Michael Maier examine an ulcerous wound on the heel of patient Don Wascovich at the Cleveland Clinic's Lower Extremity Wound Clinic.
Patients with ulcerative colitis should have high expectations of feeling well.
Vincent died at 36 in 1971 from complications of a bleeding ulcer.
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In science:

Bacteria also encounter viscoelastic fluids: The ulcer-causing bacterium Helicobacter pylori swims through mucus lining the stomach [259], and spirochetes move through the connective tissue of the host during infection [260].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Table 2 shows data from a randomized study to compare two treatments for a gastric ulcer crater, and was previously analyzed in Agresti (2010).
A consistent test of independence based on a sign covariance related to Kendall's tau
Hormone replacement therapy and prevention of pressure ulcers and venous leg ulcers.
Information bounds for Cox regression models with missing data
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