Definition of chancre in English:



  • A painless ulcer, particularly one that develops on the genitals in venereal disease.

    • ‘Primary syphilis is most often associated with a single, painless chancre, although it can manifest in other ways (i.e., multiple chancres, painful papules or ulcers, or no lesions).’
    • ‘The first symptom to appear is a painless chancre at the point of the microbe's entry - it is in contact with these chancres that transmission occurs.’
    • ‘Secondary syphilis develops several weeks to months after the chancre appears.’
    • ‘The subject developed, firstly, the typical gleet of gonorrhoea, then went on to produce a chancre and then the manifestations of secondary syphilis.’
    • ‘In addition to leprosy, foreigners seeking work permits are now required to be tested for tuberculosis and the sexually transmitted diseases syphilis, chlamydia and chancres.’
    sore, ulceration, open sore, abscess, boil, carbuncle, pustule, blister, cyst, gumboil, wen
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Late 16th century: from French, from Latin cancer ‘creeping ulcer’.