- decay, as of bone or of plant tissue.
- dental caries.
Origin of caries
- a female given name, form of Caroline.
Examples from the Web for caries
In some cases, the odor arising from caries is combined with that of the stomach.
In toothache arising from caries, and as a lotion to the temples in headache.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
The quality of Fijian teeth as reflected by frequency of caries is excellent.A Racial Study of the Fijians
Norman E. Gabel
It was a case of caries, they said, and Austin mustn't hunt sheep any more.Austin and His Friends
Frederic H. Balfour
Scepticism, that caries of the intelligence, had not left him a single whole idea.Les Misrables
- progressive decay of a bone or a tooth
Word Origin and History for caries
1630s, from Latin caries "rottenness, decay," from Proto-Italic *kas-, usually said to be from PIE root *kere- "to injure, break apart" (cf. Greek ker "death, destruction," Old Irish krin "withered, faded"). Related: Carious. But de Vaan writes that "semantically, caries may just as well belong to careocared 'to lack' as 'defect, state of defectiveness' ...."
- Decay of a bone or tooth, especially dental 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.