Trench-mouth meaning

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.
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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)
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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.
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(idiomatic, medicine) Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, a severe bacterial infection of the gums, typically characterized by inflammation, bleeding, deep ulceration, necrotized tissue, pain, fever, enlarged lymph nodes, fatigue, and halitosis.
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Origin of trench-mouth

  • From its occurrence in soldiers in trenches

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

  • Probably coined during World War I when the disease was common among soldiers "in the trenches."

    From Wiktionary