carious

[kair-ee-uh s]

adjective

having caries, as teeth; decayed.

Origin of carious

1520–30; < Latin cariōsus decayed, rotten, equivalent to cari(ēs) caries + -ōsus -ous
Related formscar·i·os·i·ty [kair-ee-os-i-tee] /ˌkɛər iˈɒs ɪ ti/, car·i·ous·ness, noun
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carious

cariose (ˈkɛərɪˌəʊz)

adjective

(of teeth or bone) affected with caries; decayed
Derived Formscariosity (ˌkærɪˈɒsɪtɪ, ˌkɛərɪ-) or cariousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for carious
adj.

1670s, from French carieux (16c.), from Latin cariosus "full of decay," from caries "rottenness, decay" (see caries).

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carious in Medicine

carious

[kârē-əs]

adj.

Having caries; decayed.
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