decay of bones or, esp., of teeth
Origin of cariesL, decay from Indo-European base ker-, to injure from source Classical Greek k?r, death, destruction, Sanskrit ????ti, (he) breaks, crushes
- Decay of a bone or tooth, especially dental caries.
- used with a pl. verb Instances of such decay, especially dental cavities: a child with several caries.
Origin of cariesLatin cariēs
OriginSee also: cariés
From Latin caries.