Definition of Caries

1. Noun. Soft decayed area in a tooth; progressive decay can lead to the death of a tooth.

Exact synonyms: Cavity, Dental Caries, Tooth Decay
Generic synonyms: Decay
Derivative terms: Carious

Definition of Caries

1. n. Ulceration of bone; a process in which bone disintegrates and is carried away piecemeal, as distinguished from necrosis, in which it dies in masses.

Definition of Caries

1. Noun. The progressive destruction of bone or tooth by decay ¹

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Definition of Caries

1. tooth decay [n CARIES] : CARIED [adj]

Medical Definition of Caries

1. 1. The molecular decay or death of a bone, in which it becomes softened, discoloured and porous. It produces a chronic inflammation of the periosteum and surrounding tissues and forms a cold abscess filled with a cheesy, fetid, puslike liquid, which generally burrows through the soft parts until it opens externally by a sinus or fistula. 2. Another name for cavities due to tooth decay, dental caries. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Caries

caries (current term)
carillon playing
carina fornicis
carina of trachea
carina tracheae

Literary usage of Caries

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1. Microscopical Morphology of the Animal Body in Health and Disease by Carl Heitzmann (1882)
"(5) caries of a living tooth, therefore, is an inflammatory process, which, beginning as a chemical process, in turn reduces the tissues of the ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1894)
"of lateral curvature with caries should be recognized, and he feels that it has not received adequate attention. He is opposed to the treatment of all forms ..."

3. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1884)
"THE first part of this work gives a very clear account of our present knowledge of the aetiology and pathology of dental caries, and the most important ..."

4. Diseases of the eye: A Handbook of Ophthalmic Practice for Students and by George Edmund De Schweinitz (1916)
"The relation of periostitis to sinus disease demands a careful examination of the sinuses and treatment according to the findings. caries and Necrosis. ..."

5. General Surgical Pathology and Therapeutics, in Fifty Lectures by Theodor Billroth (1890)
"Process of Cure in caries and Congestion Abscesses.—Prognosis. ... If the caries was accompanied by suppuration, the latter gradually ceases, ..."

6. The Diseases of Children: A Work for the Practising Physician by Meinhard von Pfaundler, Arthur Schlossmann (1908)
"Circular caries of the upper incisors in a four-year-old boy with ... Circular caries, which may affect the tooth at any time after its eruption, ..."

7. The Diseases of Children: A Work for the Practising Physician by Meinhard von Pfaundler, Arthur Schlossmann (1912)
"Circular caries of the upper incisors in a four-year-old boy with ... This caries is preceded by a greenish or brownish discoloration of that part of the ..."

8. The Pathology and treatment of venereal diseases: Including the Results of by Freeman Josiah Bumstead (1861)
"Syphilitic caries and necrosis may arise— A. From ulceration of the soft parts in ... This is the usual mode of origin of caries and necrosis of the hard ..."

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