trench mouthtrench mouth
an infectious disease characterized by ulceration of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat and caused by a bacterium (Fusobacterium nucleatum) often in conjunction with a spirochete (Treponema vincentii)
Origin of trench mouthfrom its prevalence among soldiers in trenches
A painful infection of the gums, oral mucosa, and throat marked by ulcerative lesions and foul breath and caused by anaerobic fusiform bacteria, such as Bacillus fusiformis, in combination with spirochetes, especially Borrelia vincentii. Also called Vincent's angina .
Origin of trench mouthFrom its occurrence in soldiers in trenches
Probably coined during World War I when the disease was common among soldiers "in the trenches."