Noma definition

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A severe, often gangrenous inflammation of the lips and cheek or of the female genitals that often occurs following an infectious disease and is found most often in children who are malnourished or have poor hygiene.
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A severe, often gangrenous inflammation of the lips and cheek or of the female genitals that often occurs following an infectious disease and is found most often in children who are malnourished or have poor hygiene.
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A gangrenous disease leading to tissue destruction of the face, especially the mouth and cheek.
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A severe ulcerous condition of the mouth, occurring esp. in young children as after debilitating disease and usually resulting in gangrene.
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Origin of noma

  • Latin nomē ulcer from Greek pasturage, feeding, spreading (of a sore) nem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition