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noma

[ noh-muh ]
/ ˈnoʊ mə /
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noun, plural no·mas.Pathology.
a gangrenous ulceration of the mouth or genitalia, occurring mainly in debilitated children.
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Origin of noma

1825–35; <New Latin, Latin nomē a sore, ulcer <Greek nomḗ a feeding, grazing (akin to némein to feed, graze, consume)
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British Dictionary definitions for noma

noma
/ (ˈnəʊmə) /

noun
a gangrenous inflammation of the mouth, esp one affecting malnourished children

Word Origin for noma

C19: New Latin, from Latin nomē ulcer, from Greek nomē feeding; related to Greek nemein to feed
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