Definition of Dry socket

1. Noun. Inflammation in the socket of a tooth; sometimes occurs after a tooth is extracted and a blood clot fails to form.

Exact synonyms: Alveolitis
Generic synonyms: Inflammation, Redness, Rubor

Definition of Dry socket

1. Noun. (dentistry) An inflammation, usually acutely painful, of the alveolar bone following extraction of a tooth. ¹

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Medical Definition of Dry socket

1. A condition sometimes occurring after tooth extraction, particularly after traumatic extraction, resulting in a dry appearance of the exposed bone in the socket, due to disintegration or loss of the blood clot. It is basically a focal osteomyelitis without suppuration and is accompanied by severe pain (alveolalgia) and foul odour. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dry Socket

dry pleurisy
dry point
dry powder
dry powder inhaler
dry quart
dry rale
dry reach
dry riser
dry risers
dry rot
dry run
dry runs
dry season
dry seasons
dry socket (current term)
dry spells
dry steering
dry sump
dry synovitis
dry tetter
dry ton
dry unit
dry up
dry vermouth
dry vomiting
dry wall
dry walling
dry wash

Literary usage of Dry socket

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions of the Southern Dental Association by Southern Dental Association (1896)
"I have seen a number of such cases, to which I give the name "dry socket." They certainly give much trouble. Dr. WM. H. RICHARDS, Knoxville, Tenn. ..."

2. Tobacco Effects In The Mouth by Robert E. Mecklenburg (1995)
"... plaque Lichen planus Salivary changes Taste and smell Effects on oral health care Periodontal therapy dry socket Delayed wound healing Sinusitis Effects ..."

3. The International Dental Journal by Odontological Society of Pennsylvania (1903)
"... OF A CASE OF " dry socket." — A patient for whom a third molar had been extracted by a specialist returned two days afterwards for consultation, ..."

4. The Christian Life: Social and Individual by Peter Bayne (1860)
"Were the eye of John Milton now to rekindle in its dry socket, what a gleam of glory would flash from it, as he gazed over to the " savage deserts of ..."

5. Journal of the British Dental Association by British Dental Association (1887)
"require a little fitting in the manner described to get well into their sockets, in which they will resemble a natural tooth in the dry socket of a jaw, ..."

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