Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) 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.
  • noun A chancroid. See Chancroid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French, from Latin cancer, tumor, crab; see kar- in Indo-European roots.]

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From French chancre ("cancer"), from Latin cancer, originally meaning “crab”.

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  • From "C. Musonius Rufus" by Guy Davenport

    January 19, 2010