[floo-roh-sis, flaw-, floh-]
- an abnormal condition caused by excessive intake of fluorides, characterized in children by discoloration and pitting of the teeth and in adults by pathological bone changes.
- Also called mottled enamel. Dentistry. the changes in tooth enamel symptomatic of fluorosis.
Origin of fluorosis
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- fluoride poisoning, due to ingestion of too much fluoride in drinking water over a long period or to ingestion of pesticides containing fluoride salts. Chronic fluorosis results in mottling of the teeth of children
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- An abnormal condition caused by excessive intake of fluorine, as from fluoridated drinking water, characterized chiefly by mottling of the teeth.
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