- having caries, as teeth; decayed.
Origin of carious
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Examples from the Web for carious
If one of the molars is found to be carious, it should be extracted.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture
A carious smile, almost a pitying smile, was hovering on her lips.Verner's Pride
Mrs. Henry Wood
I healed malignant tubercular diphtheria and carious bones that could be dented in by the fingers.What is Christian Science?
M. M. Mangasarian
I have seen nothing in these carious forms which does not reveal the mechanical action of these waters.
They exist in the mouth; those in carious teeth are often sufficient to injuriously affect digestion and health.The Chemistry of Food and Nutrition
A. W. Duncan
- (of teeth or bone) affected with caries; decayed
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Word Origin and History for carious
1670s, from French carieux (16c.), from Latin cariosus "full of decay," from caries "rottenness, decay" (see caries).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having caries; decayed.
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