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Definition of canker:

  1. A corroding or sloughing ulcer; esp. a spreading gangrenous ulcer or collection of ulcers in or about the mouth; - called also water canker, canker of the mouth, and noma.
  2. A disease incident to trees, causing the bark to rot and fall off.
  3. A kind of wild, worthless rose; the dog- rose.
  4. An obstinate and often incurable disease of a horse's foot, characterized by separation of the horny portion and the development of fungoid growths; - usually resulting from neglected thrush.
  5. Anything which corrodes, corrupts, or destroy.
  6. To affect as a canker; to eat away; to corrode; to consume.
  7. To be or become diseased, or as if diseased, with canker; to grow corrupt; to become venomous.
  8. To infect or pollute; to corrupt.
  9. To waste away, grow rusty, or be oxidized, as a mineral.

Synonyms:

myxomatosis, infect, empoison, bogey, bogie, boil, disease, cancer, prostitute, oak apple, blight, demons, concern, pestilence, foot-and-mouth disease, sore, degrade, mastitis, demean, blanket, envenom, help, stain, venom, profane, warp, anxiety, injury, distemper, cheapen, corrupt, debauch, debase, bastardize, BSE, rust, sicken, Dutch elm disease, clean, deprave, poison, demoralize, canker sore, vitiate, toxin, mange, envenom, virus, rabies, bestialize, bugbear, lessen, pervert, contagion, animalize, plague, abase, pest, bugaboo, brutalize, deteriorate, infection, pestis, anthrax, subvert, come down, bane, hoof-and-mouth disease.

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