dry socket


noun Dentistry.

a painful inflammatory infection of the bone and tissues at the site of an extracted tooth.

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Medical definitions for dry socket

dry socket

n.

A painful inflamed condition at the site of extraction of a tooth that occurs when a blood clot fails to form properly or is dislodged.
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