Definition of Trench mouth

1. Noun. An acute communicable infection of the respiratory tract and mouth marked by ulceration of the mucous membrane.

Definition of Trench mouth

1. Noun. (idiomatic medicine) Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, a severe bacterial infection of the gums, typically characterized by inflammation, bleeding, deep ulceration, necrotized tissue, pain, fever, enlarged lymph nodes, fatigue, and halitosis. ¹

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Medical Definition of Trench mouth

1. An acute or recurrent form of gingivitis of young to middle-aged adults characterised by red and painful gums, fetid breath and gum destruction. Other features may include fever and enlargement of the regional lymph nodes. Pathogenesis of this condition is thought to be secondary to a fusiform bacillus and spirochetal (Treponema vincentii) microorganisms. (19 Jan 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Trench Mouth

trench coat
trench coats
trench cut
trench cuts
trench foot
trench hand
trench knife
trench lung
trench mentalities
trench mentality
trench mortar
trench mouth (current term)
trench nephritis
trench plate
trench warfare

Literary usage of Trench mouth

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1. The Journal of the Allied Dental Societies by Allied Dental Societies (U.S.) (1918)
"14 trench mouth. LD Laurin. A disease very common among troops, ... Note: " Trench Mouth" as described by the Author is probably Vincent infection. ..."

2. The International Journal of Orthodontia and Oral Surgery (1919)
"This disease, or one simulating it, is prevalent among the troops of the armies of Europe and is referred to as "trench mouth" or "trench gums. ..."

3. The New World of Science: Its Development During the War by Robert Mearns Yerkes (1920)
"trench mouth is another new term which sprang into use because the facilities for careful and scientific examination of new cases ..."

4. A Practical treatise on diseases of the skin for the use of students and by Oliver Samuel Ormsby (1921)
"The so-called "trench mouth," a disorder with which a large number of troops were affected, was demonstrated to be a variety of Vincent s disease. ..."

5. A Manual of Diseases of the Nose and Throat by Cornelius Godfrey Coakley (1922)
"It was so common in the men in the front-line trenches in the recent war that the name "trench mouth" was applied to it. The organisms are anaerobic and the ..."

6. Surgery and diseases of the mouth and jaws: A Practical Treatise on the by Vilray Papin Blair (1917)
"It was rarely -seen previous to the outbreak of the war, but is very common among the men in the trenches, being termed "trench mouth. ..."

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