carious

[ kair-ee-uh s ]
/ ˈkɛər i əs /

adjective

having caries, as teeth; decayed.

Nearby words

  1. cariogenic,
  2. cariogenicity,
  3. cariole,
  4. cariology,
  5. cariosity,
  6. carisbrooke castle,
  7. carisoprodol,
  8. caritas,
  9. caritative,
  10. caritive

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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British Dictionary definitions for carious

carious

cariose (ˈkɛərɪˌəʊz)

/ (ˈkɛərɪəs) /

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

carious

adj.

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

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Medicine definitions for carious

carious

[ kârē-əs ]

adj.

Having caries; decayed.

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