dental caries


cavity formation in teeth caused by bacteria that attach to teeth and form acids in the presence of sucrose, other sugars, and refined starches; tooth decay.


Nearby words

  1. dental abscess,
  2. dental anatomy,
  3. dental arch,
  4. dental bulb,
  5. dental calculus,
  6. dental clinic,
  7. dental crypt,
  8. dental cuticle,
  9. dental dam,
  10. dental floss

Also called caries. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for dental caries

dental caries


The formation of cavities in the teeth by the action of bacteria; tooth decay.

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