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can·ker

 (kăng′kər)
n.
1. Ulceration of the mouth and lips.
2. An inflammation or infection of the ear and auditory canal, especially in dogs and cats.
3. A condition in horses similar to but more advanced than thrush.
4.
a. A localized diseased or necrotic area on a plant part, especially on a trunk, branch, or twig of a woody plant, usually caused by fungi or bacteria.
b. Any of several diseases of plants characterized by the presence of such lesions.
5. A source of spreading corruption or decay.
v. can·kered, can·ker·ing, can·kers
v.tr.
1. To attack or infect with canker.
2. To infect with corruption or decay.
v.intr.
To become infected with or as if with canker.

[Middle English, from Old English cancer and from Old French cancre, both from Latin cancer, crab, malignant disease; see kar- in Indo-European roots.]

canker

(ˈkæŋkə)
n
1. (Pathology) an ulceration, esp of the lips or lining of the oral cavity
2. (Veterinary Science) vet science
a. a disease of horses in which the horn of the hoofs becomes soft and spongy
b. an inflammation of the lining of the external ear, esp in dogs and cats, resulting in a discharge and sometimes ulceration
c. ulceration or abscess of the mouth, eyelids, ears, or cloaca of birds
3. (Plant Pathology) an open wound in the stem of a tree or shrub, caused by injury or parasites
4. something evil that spreads and corrupts
vb
(Pathology) to infect or become infected with or as if with canker
[Old English cancer, from Latin cancer crab, cancerous sore]

can•ker

(ˈkæŋ kər)

n.
1. a gangrenous or ulcerous sore, esp. in the mouth.
2. a defined area of diseased tissue, esp. in woody stems.
3. something that corrupts or destroys; blight.
v.t.
4. to infect with canker.
5. to corrupt; destroy slowly.
v.i.
6. to become infected with or as if with canker.
Also called can′ker sore` (for defs. 1,3).
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English cancer < Latin;]
can′ker•ous, adj.

canker


Past participle: cankered
Gerund: cankering

Imperative
canker
canker
Present
I canker
you canker
he/she/it cankers
we canker
you canker
they canker
Preterite
I cankered
you cankered
he/she/it cankered
we cankered
you cankered
they cankered
Present Continuous
I am cankering
you are cankering
he/she/it is cankering
we are cankering
you are cankering
they are cankering
Present Perfect
I have cankered
you have cankered
he/she/it has cankered
we have cankered
you have cankered
they have cankered
Past Continuous
I was cankering
you were cankering
he/she/it was cankering
we were cankering
you were cankering
they were cankering
Past Perfect
I had cankered
you had cankered
he/she/it had cankered
we had cankered
you had cankered
they had cankered
Future
I will canker
you will canker
he/she/it will canker
we will canker
you will canker
they will canker
Future Perfect
I will have cankered
you will have cankered
he/she/it will have cankered
we will have cankered
you will have cankered
they will have cankered
Future Continuous
I will be cankering
you will be cankering
he/she/it will be cankering
we will be cankering
you will be cankering
they will be cankering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cankering
you have been cankering
he/she/it has been cankering
we have been cankering
you have been cankering
they have been cankering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cankering
you will have been cankering
he/she/it will have been cankering
we will have been cankering
you will have been cankering
they will have been cankering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cankering
you had been cankering
he/she/it had been cankering
we had been cankering
you had been cankering
they had been cankering
Conditional
I would canker
you would canker
he/she/it would canker
we would canker
you would canker
they would canker
Past Conditional
I would have cankered
you would have cankered
he/she/it would have cankered
we would have cankered
you would have cankered
they would have cankered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.canker - a fungal disease of woody plants that causes localized damage to the bark
plant disease - a disease that affects plants
2.canker - an ulceration (especially of the lips or lining of the mouth)canker - an ulceration (especially of the lips or lining of the mouth)
ulcer, ulceration - a circumscribed inflammatory and often suppurating lesion on the skin or an internal mucous surface resulting in necrosis of tissue
3.canker - a pernicious and malign influence that is hard to get rid of; "racism is a pestilence at the heart of the nation"; "according to him, I was the canker in their midst"
influence - a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do; "her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"
Verb1.canker - become infected with a canker
sicken, come down - get sick; "She fell sick last Friday, and now she is in the hospital"
2.canker - infect with a canker
infect - communicate a disease to; "Your children have infected you with this head cold"

canker

noun
1. corruption, disease, cancer, infection, rot, blight, scourge, corrosion, bane The canker of anti-semitism is growing again in this country.
2. fungal disease In gardens, cankers are the most prominent on apple and pear trees.
3. sore, blister, ulcer, lesion Dab a small amount of bicarbonate of soda on mouth ulcers or cankers.

canker

noun
Anything that is injurious, destructive, or fatal:
verb
1. To have a destructive effect on:
Archaic: empoison.
2. To ruin utterly in character or quality:
Translations

canker

[ˈkæŋkəʳ]
A. N (Med) → úlcera f en la boca (Bot) → cancro m; (= scourge) → cáncer m
B. VT (Med) → ulcerar
C. VI (Med) → ulcerarse

canker

n (Med) → Mund- or Lippengeschwür nt; (Vet) → Hufkrebs m, → Strahlfäule f; (Bot) → Brand m; (fig)(Krebs)geschwür nt

canker

[ˈkæŋkəʳ] n
a. (frm) (evil) → cancro
b. (Med) → afta, stomatite f
c. (Bot) → cancro

can·ker

n. ulceración de la boca o los labios;
___ soreafta, llaga ulcerosa.
References in classic literature ?
To maintain these retainers, and to support the extravagance and magnificence which their pride induced them to affect, the nobility borrowed sums of money from the Jews at the most usurious interest, which gnawed into their estates like consuming cankers, scarce to be cured unless when circumstances gave them an opportunity of getting free, by exercising upon their creditors some act of unprincipled violence.
They knew not whether ill health were robbing his spirits of elasticity, or whether a canker of the mind was gradually eating, as such cankers do, from his moral system into the physical frame, which is but the shadow of the former.
The blight that cankers and kills is on you and on me for the rest of our lives
Until at last they are false towards themselves, squint-eyed, whited cankers, glossed over with strong words, parade virtues and brilliant false deeds.
They never possessed a charm; and if they had, the canker of her grief for him would long since have destroyed it.
a few pounds got by selling a good old servant into hard work and misery would canker all the rest of his money, and he thought the kindest thing he could do for the fine old fellow would be to put a sure bullet through his head, and then he would never suffer more; for he did not know where to find a kind master for the rest of his days.
In the actual--this painful kingdom of time and chance--are Care, Canker, and Sorrow; with thought, with the Ideal, is immortal hilarity--the rose of Joy; round it all the Muses sing,'" quoted Miss Maxwell.
It was an excellent divine gift, that gave a deeper pathos to the need, the sin, the sorrow with which it was mingled, as the canker in a lily-white bud is more grievous to behold than in a common pot-herb.
The last, that it is the canker and ruin of many men's estates; which, in process of time, breeds a public poverty.
The one and only failure of his life had eaten like canker into his heart.
In the actual world--the painful kingdom of time and place--dwell care, and canker, and fear.
3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following the detection of Thousand Cankers Disease in Lancaster County, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today enacted a quarantine, effective immediately, restricting the movement of wood and wood products.