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)
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)