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noma

[noh-muh]
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noun, plural no·mas. Pathology.
  1. a gangrenous ulceration of the mouth or genitalia, occurring mainly in debilitated children.
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Origin of noma

1825–35; < New Latin, Latin nomē a sore, ulcer < Greek nomḗ a feeding, grazing (akin to némein to feed, graze, consume)
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  • The prince and those about Noma shrank back a little in horror.

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    H. Rider Haggard

  • Why do you bide by the fire, seeing that it is so hot, Noma?

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    H. Rider Haggard

  • "You do but waste your labour, Hafela," said Noma, who stood by him watching the assault.

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    H. Rider Haggard

  • Then they descended and left him, and would have led Noma with them from the tree.

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    H. Rider Haggard

  • At length there came a day when Noma, his wife, was brought to bed.

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    H. Rider Haggard


British Dictionary definitions for noma

noma

noun
  1. a gangrenous inflammation of the mouth, esp one affecting malnourished children
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Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from Latin nomē ulcer, from Greek nomē feeding; related to Greek nemein to feed
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noma in Medicine

noma

(nōmə)
n.
  1. A severe, often gangrenous inflammation of the lips and cheek or of the female genitals that often occurs following an infectious disease and is found most often in children in poor hygienic or malnourished condition.stomatonecrosis
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