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Another word for canker

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Noun
  1. Anything that is injurious, destructive, or fatal

      1. The cause of distress, death, or ruin
      2. (Archaic) Fatal injury or ruin:
      3. A deadly poison.
      1. Disease transmission by direct or indirect contact.
      2. The direct cause, such as a bacterium or virus, of a communicable disease.
      3. The causative agent of a communicable disease; bacteria or virus
      1. In a nuclear reactor, a substance, as boron, that readily absorbs thermal neutrons from a chain reaction, thereby decreasing the reactivity of a reactor core: it is used for safety or control
      2. A substance that causes injury, illness, or death, especially by chemical means.
      3. (Chem.) A substance that inhibits or destroys the activity of a catalyst, enzyme, etc. or that interferes with or checks a reaction
      1. A poisonous or harmful nonbiological substance, such as a pollutant.
      2. Any of various similar poisons, related to proteins, formed in certain plants, as ricin, or secreted by certain animals, as snake venom: toxins, when injected into animals or humans, typically initiate the formation of antitoxins
      3. A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms and is capable of causing disease when introduced into the body tissues but is often also capable of inducing neutralizing antibodies or antitoxins.
      1. (Rare) Poison of any kind
      2. The poison secreted by some snakes, spiders, insects, etc., introduced into the body of the victim by bite or sting
      3. A poisonous secretion of an animal, such as a snake, spider, or scorpion, usually transmitted to prey or to attackers by a bite or sting.
      1. Any of various submicroscopic agents that infect living organisms, often causing disease, and that consist of a single or double strand of RNA or DNA surrounded by a protein coat. Unable to replicate without a host cell, viruses are typically not considered living organisms.
      2. A harmful or destructive influence:
      3. A disease caused by a virus.
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Verb
  1. To have a destructive effect on

      1. To embitter.
      2. To put venom or poison on or into; make poisonous
      3. To fill with hate; embitter
      1. (Computers) To become transmitted to and copied on (a hard drive, for example). Used of a virus or other harmful software.
      2. To cause to become diseased by bringing into contact with such an organism or matter
      3. To cause the invasion of (a cell, for example) with a microorganism or other infectious agent:
      1. To put poison on or into:
      2. To give poison to; harm or destroy by means of poison
      3. To kill or harm with poison.
      1. (Archaic) To make poisonous; taint or corrupt
      2. To fill with venom; embitter.
      3. (Archaic) To poison.
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  2. To ruin utterly in character or quality

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Another word for canker

Noun
      1. Any corrupting or festering condition or influence
      2. A lesion of the skin or a mucous membrane such as the one lining the stomach or duodenum that is accompanied by formation of pus and necrosis of surrounding tissue, usually resulting from inflammation or ischemia.
      3. An open sore (other than a wound) on the skin or some mucous membrane, as the lining of the stomach (peptic ulcer), characterized by the disintegration of the tissue and, often, the discharge of pus
      1. An open skin lesion, wound, or ulcer.
      2. A sore, usually infected spot on the body, as an ulcer, boil, or blister
      3. A source of pain, irritation, grief, distress, etc.
      1. An agitated, swirling, roiling mass of liquid:
      2. The condition or act of boiling.
      3. An inflamed, painful, pus-filled swelling on the skin, caused by localized infection; furuncle
      1. A disease resulting from
      2. The invasion of bodily tissue by pathogenic microorganisms that proliferate, resulting in tissue injury that can progress to disease:
      3. An instance of being infected:
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    sore