aphtha

/ (ˈæfθə) /

noun plural -thae (-θiː)

a small ulceration on a mucous membrane, as in thrush, caused by a fungal infection
vet science another name for foot-and-mouth disease

Nearby words

  1. aphrasia,
  2. aphrodisia,
  3. aphrodisiac,
  4. aphrodite,
  5. aphrodite terra,
  6. aphthae,
  7. aphthae majores,
  8. aphthae minores,
  9. aphthoid,
  10. aphthosis

Derived Formsaphthous, adjective

Word Origin for aphtha

C17: via Latin from Greek: mouth-sore, thrush

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Examples from the Web for aphtha

  • May not this disease be referred to aphtha, or to dysentery?

    Zoonomia, Vol. II|Erasmus Darwin


Medicine definitions for aphtha

aphtha

[ ăfthə ]

n. pl. aph•thae (-thē′)

A minute painful ulcer on a mucous membrane of the mouth, often covered by a gray or white exudate.

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