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