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caries

[ kair-eez, -ee-eez ]
/ ˈkɛər iz, -iˌiz /
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noun, plural car·ies.
decay, as of bone or of plant tissue.
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Origin of caries

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH caries

caries , carries
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British Dictionary definitions for caries

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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Scientific definitions for caries

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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