caries definition

  • noun:
    • Decay of a bone or tooth, specifically dental caries.
    • The progressive destruction of bone tissue or tooth by decay
    • Ulceration of bone tissue; an ongoing process by which bone tissue disintegrates and it is caught up piecemeal, as distinguished from necrosis, for which it dies in public.
    • A destructive illness of bone tissue, causing a friable condition and worm-eaten look, attended with suppuration. It is probable that a few distinct pathological procedures cause this morbid problem.
    • A disease regarding the teeth, resulting in the disintegration of the compound while the development of cavities. In guy and carnivorous pets its allowed to be brought on by one of many bacteria, Leptothrix buccalis. See Leptothrix.
    • In botany, decay associated with the walls of cells and vessels.
    • soft decayed area in a tooth; progressive decay can cause the loss of a tooth

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