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pyorrhea

or py·or·rhoe·a

[pahy-uh-ree-uh]
noun
  1. Pathology. a discharge of pus.
  2. Also called pyorrhe·a al·ve·o·lar·is [al-vee-uh-lar-is] /ælˌvi əˈlær ɪs/, Riggs' disease. Dentistry. a chronic form of periodontitis occurring in various degrees of severity, characterized in its severe forms by the formation of pus in the pockets between the roots of the teeth and their surrounding tissues, and frequently accompanied by the loosening and subsequent loss of the teeth.
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Origin of pyorrhea

From New Latin, dating back to 1805–15; see origin at pyo-, -rhea
Related formspy·or·rhe·al, py·or·rhe·ic, adjective
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pyorrhea-alveolaris in Medicine

pyorrhea

(pī′ə-rēə)
n.
  1. Purulent inflammation of the gums and tooth sockets, often leading to loosening of the teeth.
  2. A discharge of pus.
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