- a small ulceration on a mucous membrane, as in thrush, caused by a fungal infection
- vet science another name for foot-and-mouth disease
Word Origin for aphtha
C17: via Latin from Greek: mouth-sore, thrush
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Examples from the Web for aphtha
Historical Examples of aphtha
May not this disease be referred to aphtha, or to dysentery?Zoonomia, Vol. II
- A minute painful ulcer on a mucous membrane of the mouth, often covered by a gray or white exudate.
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