Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dull red, hard, insensitive lesion that is the first manifestation of syphilis.
  • n. An ulcer located at the initial point of entry of a pathogen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. skin lesion, sometimes associated with certain contagious diseases like syphilis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A venereal sore or ulcer; specifically, the initial lesion of true syphilis, whether forming a distinct ulcer or not; -- called also hard chancre, indurated chancre, and Hunterian chancre.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sore or ulcer arising from the direct application of syphilitic poison.
  • n. In botany, a disease of the tobacco-plant attributed to Bacillus æruginosus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small hard painless nodule at the site of entry of a pathogen (as syphilis)

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from Latin cancer, tumor, crab; see kar- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French chancre ("cancer"), from Latin cancer, originally meaning “crab”. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The disease is already systemic, or constitutional, and the chancre is the local expression of a constitutional disease.

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  • The _syphilis_ germ will grow first where it is rubbed in, causing a hard ulcer, called a chancre, and after that it travels through the entire body.

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  • Primary syphilis is usually heralded by a single sore called a chancre, and if not treated, patients can develop a rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms.

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  • The first stage of infection during which an open sore called a chancre develops.

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  • It is spread through sexual contact with sores, which Mercer called chancre ulcers, that typically are painless.

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  • The chancre is a painless round nodule of thickened tissue, usually with a smooth appearance.

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  • He didn’t consider the possibility that his patient could have both illnesses, so when he developed symptoms of each, he concluded that “gonorrhea and the chancre are the effects of the same poison.”

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  • I think yo also find that the ethos of mega-capitalism (apply it to houses, cars, boats, etc.) that you find in suburbs/exurbs is strongly opposed by most rural Americans; indeed, they may be the section of our population that finds such thinking most alien and prima facie absurd (perhaps having to do with a closeness to nature that correctly understands growth without end is cancer and animals and chancre in plants).

    Matthew Yglesias » By Request: Missing the Trees

  • Granted, it's fantasy, but she could flick her bean just as easily to a "five-inch, veiny schlong that's smattered with kinked pubic hair, and maybe a chancre or two" as she could to a rock-hard ten-inch meat wand with the girth of two stacked Pepsi cans.

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  • He views “unearned” aid for the peasantry (you know, like GI Bills) as a chancre that will eat out American society from within.

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  • From "C. Musonius Rufus" by Guy Davenport

    January 19, 2010