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Exu'lcerate. v.a. [exulcere, Latin.]

  1. To make sore with an ulcer; to affect with a running or eating sore.

    Cantharides, applied to any part of the body, touch the bladder and exulcerate, if they stay on long . Bac. Nat. Hist.

    That the saliva hath a virtue of macerating bodies, appears by the effects in taking away warts, sometimes exulcerating the jaws, and rotting the teeth. Ray on the Creation.

    The stagnating serum turning acrimonious, exulcerates and putrifies the bowels, producing most dismal symptoms. Arbuthnot on Diet.

  2. To afflict; to corrode; to enrage.

    Thoughts, my tormentors, arm'd with deadly stings,
    Mangle my apprehensive tenderest parts,
    Exasperate, exulcerate, and raise
    Dire inflammation, which no cooling herb
    Or medicinal liquor can asswage.
    Milton's Agonistes, l. 623.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Milton, John (449) · Ray, John (59)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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