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trench mouth

Origin of trench mouth
First recorded in 1915-20; so called from its high incidence among soldiers in the trenches Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for trench mouth

trench mouth

a bacterial ulcerative disease characterized by inflammation of the tonsils, gums, etc
Word Origin
C20: so called because it was prevalent in soldiers in the Trenches during World War I
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trench mouth in Medicine

trench mouth n.
An acute, sometimes recurrent lesion of the mouth, gums, and throat often associated with fusiform bacilli and spirochetes, marked by ulceration and necrosis of the gum margin, destruction of the interdental papillae, and foul breath. Also called acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, fusospirillary gingivitis, fusospirochetal gingivitis, necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, ulceromembranous gingivitis, Vincent's angina, Vincent's disease.

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