Caries definitions

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Decay of a bone or tooth, especially dental caries.
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Instances of such decay, especially dental cavities.

A child with several caries.

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Decay of bones or, esp., of teeth.
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Decay of a bone or tooth, especially dental caries.
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Instances of such decay, especially dental cavities.

A child with several caries.

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Decay of a bone or tooth. Dental plaque formed by bacteria initiates a progressive process of decay that, if left unchecked, leads to tooth loss.
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The progressive destruction of bone or tooth by decay.
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Origin of caries

From Latin caries.