Trench Mouth Definition

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)
Webster's New World
  • Vincent's infection
  • Vincent's angina

Origin of Trench Mouth

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

    From Wiktionary

  • From its occurrence in soldiers in trenches

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

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