Definitions of ulcer

  1. a circumscribed inflammatory and often suppurating lesion on the skin or an internal mucous surface resulting in necrosis of tissue Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. To ulcerate. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Fig.: Anything that festers and corrupts like an open sore; a vice in character. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A lesion on the surface of the skin or a mucous surface, produced by the sloughing of inflammatory necrotic tissue. Medical Dictionary DB
  6. A surface sore, often discharging matter; hence, anything corrupt. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Ulcerous. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. A lesion of a cutaneous or mucous surface, caused by a molecular disintegration of the superficial parts, attended usually by more or less suppuration. A wound, or superficial loss of tissue due to traumatism, is not primarily an ulcer, but may become such if the healing process is arrested or the wound becomes infected with pyogenic microorganisms. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  9. Purulent accumulation and exudation. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  10. A dangerous sore, discharging matter. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. A running or suppurating sore. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. An open sore. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A sore, attended with a secretion of pus or some other discharge. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. A sore; a dangerous running sore originating in a constitutional disorder. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. ul's[.e]r, n. a dangerous sore, discharging matter: (fig.) a sore, a strain.--v.i. UL'CERATE, to be formed into an ulcer.--v.t to affect with an ulcer or ulcers.--n. ULCER[=A]'TION, that part or effect of an inflammatory process in which the materials of inflamed tissues, liquefied or degenerate, are cast off, in solution or very minute particles, from free surfaces, or, more rarely, are absorbed from the substance of the body: an ulcer.--adjs. UL'CERED, affected with an ulcer; UL'CEROUS, of the nature of an ulcer: affected with an ulcer.--adv. UL'CEROUSLY, in an ulcerous manner.--n. UL'CEROUSNESS. [Fr. ulcère--L. ulcus, ulc[)e]ris; Gr. helkos, a wound.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. [Latin] A loss of substance occurring upon a free surface, not due to recent injury, and causing progressive but piece-meal death and disintegration of the tissues. Healthy u., progressing satisfactorily to a cure; marked by smooth non-indurated edges, serous exudation, red, painless granulations which do not protrude above the skin, and by a pellicle of epidermis (cicatrix) spreading over the surface from the edges. An unhealthy u. is one which presents different characters from these; comprising the Inflamed u. marked by swollen, painful, and oedematous edges, swollen, painful granulations, and purulent secretion; Sloughing (or Phagedenic) u., an inflamed u. with irregular overhanging edges and sloughing masses in the discharge; Fungous (or Weak) u., with pale, flabby, exuberant granulations projecting above the level of the skin; Callous (Indolent or Chronic) u., with hardened, discolored edges, pale and scanty granulations, and fetid purulent discharge. U’s are further denoted according to their cause, as Tuberculous (or Scrofulous), Syphilitic, Varicose (due to venous engorgement resulting from varicose veins), etc. Cold u., an u. on the extremities due to defective nutrition, and associated with coldness of the surface. Cruveilhier’s u., Peptic u., ulcus ventriculi. Perforating u., (1) malum perforans pedis; (2) ulcus ventriculi. Rodent u., see Rodent. Round u., Solitary u., ulcus ventriculi. TREATMENT OF U’S: constitutional (in syphilitic and tuberculous u’s); protective and antiseptic dressings for healthy u’s, with skin-grafting or other plastic operations when the formation of a cicatrix is defective; stimulants for weak or fungous ulcers (silver nitrate, copper sulphate, black wash); caustics, erasion, or scraping for callous u’s; elastic compression with elevation of part for varicose u’s; poultices with elevation and rest for inflamed u’s; destruction by strong caustics in phagedenic u’s. na
  17. Open sore on external or internal surface of body with secretion of pus &c.; (fig.) moral blemish, corrupting influence,&c. Hence or cogn. ulcered, ulcerous, aa., ulcerously adv., ulcerousness n. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. An open sore other than a wound. American pocket medical dictionary.
  19. A localized loss of substance in one of the soft parts of the body, following a destructive inflammation and attended by suppuration. Appleton's medical dictionary.

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