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caries

noun car·ies \ˈker-ēz\

: tooth decay

plural caries

Full Definition of CARIES

:  a progressive destruction of bone or tooth; especially :  tooth decay

Origin of CARIES

Latin, decay; akin to Old Irish ara-chrinn it decays
First Known Use: 1634
CARIES Defined for Kids

caries

noun car·ies \ˈker-ēz\
plural caries

Definition of CARIES for Kids

:  a decayed condition of a tooth or teeth
Medical Dictionary

caries

noun car·ies \ˈka(ə)r-ēz, ˈke(ə)r-\
plural caries

Medical Definition of CARIES

:  a progressive destruction of bone or tooth; especially :  tooth decay

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