[ kair-eez, -ee-eez ]
/ ˈkɛər iz, -iˌiz /

noun, plural car·ies.

decay, as of bone or of plant tissue.

Origin of caries

First recorded in 1625–35, caries is from the Latin word cariēs decay

Can be confused

caries carries

Definition for caries (2 of 2)


[ kar-ee ]
/ ˈkær i /


a female given name, form of Caroline. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for caries


/ (ˈkɛəriːz) /

noun plural -ies

progressive decay of a bone or a tooth

Word Origin for caries

C17: from Latin: decay; related to Greek kēr death
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Medicine definitions for caries


[ kârēz ]

n. pl. caries

Decay of a bone or tooth, especially dental caries.
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Science definitions for caries


[ kârēz ]

Plural caries

Decay of a bone or tooth. Dental plaque formed by bacteria initiates a progressive process of decay that, if left unchecked, leads to tooth loss.
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