noun, plural car·ies.
Origin of caries
Definition for caries (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for caries
Caries of the teeth has been shown to bear highly important relation to more remote or systemic diseases.
The existence of caries in a molar tooth may be ascertained by examining the mouth in the manner already described.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle|U.S. Department of Agriculture
There are two forms of disease to which these teeth are liable; caries, or decay, and a loss of vitality, or death.The Horse's Mouth|Edward Mayhew
In the best known species, Tilletia caries, they constitute the “bunt” of wheat.Fungi: Their Nature and Uses|Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
By what means is a Caries that derives its Origine from an outward Cause, discover'd?The Compleat Surgeon, or the Whole Art of Surgery Explain'd in a Most Familiar Method|Charles Gabriel Le Clerc
British Dictionary definitions for caries
noun plural -ies
Word Origin for caries
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' ...."