- med dark incrustations on the lips and teeth of patients with prolonged fever
C18: from Latin sordēs filth
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Examples from the Web for sordes
Again, the tongue may be covered with brown crusts and the teeth with sordes.
The odour must not be mistaken for that due to decomposition of sordes on the teeth and gums of a debilitated patient.Manual of Surgery
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The lips and teeth are in bad cases encrusted with sordes, and the former are dry and cracked, and bleed readily when picked.
Sordes collect about the teeth and lips, and the surface exhales a peculiar odor.
Sordes frequently collect about the gums and lips in severe cases.
- A dark brown or blackish crustlike deposit on the lips, teeth, and gums of a person with dehydration resulting from a chronic debilitating disease.
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