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dental caries

noun
1.
cavity formation in teeth caused by bacteria that attach to teeth and form acids in the presence of sucrose, other sugars, and refined starches; tooth decay.
Also called caries.
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  • dental caries and gingival infection may lead to local hemorrhage, even where the nutritional conditions are normal.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • dental caries, or decay, is at first largely a chemical process and affects the tooth proper.

    How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
  • dental caries—tooth decay—is a disease hitherto almost universal from birth to death.

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
dental caries in Medicine

dental caries n.
The formation of cavities in the teeth by the action of bacteria; tooth decay.

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