trench mouth

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Origin of trench mouth

First recorded in 1915–20; so called from its high incidence among soldiers in the trenches
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British Dictionary definitions for trench mouth

trench mouth


a bacterial ulcerative disease characterized by inflammation of the tonsils, gums, etc
C20: so called because it was prevalent in soldiers in the Trenches during World War I
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Medical definitions for trench mouth

trench mouth


An acute, sometimes recurrent lesion of the mouth, gums, and throat often associated with fusiform bacilli and spirochetes, marked by ulceration and necrosis of the gum margin, destruction of the interdental papillae, and foul breath.acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis fusospirillary gingivitis fusospirochetal gingivitis necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis ulceromembranous gingivitis Vincent's angina Vincent's disease
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